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Instilling Generosity in Your Child Yellowknife NT

With so many presents, the holidays can turn the focus for some children to "getting" instead of "giving." Put the focus back on giving by involving your kids in donating to those less fortunate.

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Instilling Generosity in Your Child

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(NC)-With so many presents, the holidays can turn the focus for some children to "getting" instead of "giving." Christian Children's Fund of Canada, an organization that helps children in need around the world, has some helpful hints to use during the gift giving season as a way to instill generosity in your child:

Teach them to count their blessings. Help them remember those less fortunate at home and around the world. The idea that some children don't have any toys on Christmas is a big shock for many children.

Needs vs. Wants. Help children think about those who are truly in need of a gift and have them consider the items they really need everyday. Ask them what they need this Christmas not just what they want.

Develop a new giftless or gift reduced tradition. Create a new family tradition where a gift to a child-in-need is made in the name of your son or daughter. Children are often excited to know that they gave a life sustaining gift like a piglet or baby goat to a child living in extreme poverty.

Involve them in the donation choice. Going online to www.ccfcanada.ca is a way to make donating to a charity fun. Instead of another box of chocolates, have kids select a gift for their teacher like sending school supplies in their teacher's name to a school in Sri Lanka.

Have them make a donation in your name. Suggesting children set aside money throughout the year or use the money they would spend on another tie for their dad to purchase a duckling for a child living in poverty. It's a great way for parents to lead by example.

More ways to help you involve your children in giving generously can be found online at www.ccfcanada.ca or call 1-800-263-5437.

- News Canada