The holiday season has always been a bonding time for families around Australia. Being able to share these special moments with your children and create unforgettable memories on Christmas day are some of our fondest and most cherished times.
While there is lots of excitement and fantastic activities for the kids to participate in this holiday season we can also use this time to teach them some valuable life lessons that will carry through into adulthood. These lessons include learning about:
“Giving” and not just “Receiving”
One of the best things about the holidays is our ability to give back to charities, hospitals, the disadvantaged and family and friends. There are a number of creative ways you and your children could come up with way to give back this December including:
- Have your children purchase and special toy and donate it to another child or group such as “The Salvation Army- K-Mart Wishing Tree Appeal.”
- Take some time to arrange for you and your kids to volunteers at a homeless shelter or food bank.
- Create a charity jar that the entire family can donate to. Encourage your children to fill it with spare change or a portion of their allowance?
Developing their creativity
Rather than going to the store and buying readymade cards and Christmas accessories why not arrange projects for your kids to create their own Christmas cards and presents? Not only will your children have a great time and lots of fun creating their pieces they will also be able to use their creative skills to begin a project and see it through to completion. This will test their time management, prioritising and planning skills preparing them for their future careers. Handmade presents are a great unique gift for your family and friends and can be a great bonding exercise for the entire family.
Becoming the next great Chef
These holidays’ families will celebrate the holiday season with a variety of different foods and recipes. Rather than slaving away in the kitchen while your kids sit around bored why not include them in the process? Being able to help will not only keep them busy and engaged it will also build their cooking skills which is an essential skill to develop as they grow older. Who knows these cooking sessions could one day lead to your kids becoming the next great Australian Chef’s!
Here are some helpful links to help you and your kids give back during the holiday season:
The K-Mart/Salvation Army Wising Tree: You can donate, download kids activates and locate your closest K-Mart wishing tee via this link- http://wishingtree.kmart.com.au/
Mission Australia: “Christmas Lunch in the Park” is a fantastic Perth event where in-need children are able to receive gifts from Santa and enjoy a fantastic lunch. You’re able to donate online or participate on the day as a volunteer. ihttp://www.christmaslunchinthepark.com.au/donate-now/
Exodus Foundation: Volunteer, donate or run a canned food drive- http://www.exodusfoundation.org.au/
Coast Shelter NSW: Help the homeless in NSW on Christmas day through a variety of ways! http://coastshelter.org.au/christmas.html
Melbourne City Mission: Make a donation or give a gift to the Melbourne City Mission here- http://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/get-involved/give-this-christmas