Generosity: Readiness or liberality in giving; freedom from meanness or smallness in mind or character.
This holiday season is in full swing! This time of year brings family and friends together to enjoy the love and friendship we have between one another. Acts of kindness and generosity abound during this time of year. Not only do retailers see their largest sales of the year during this time as we purchase gifts for loved ones, but charitable organizations also receive the majority of their donations during this period, too, as we seek to help those who are less fortunate.
However, this attitude of generosity shouldn’t be limited to a few days in November and December of each year. It’s also important to remember that you do not have to spend or donate money in order to be a generous person. This holiday season, encourage your child to develop a generous attitude that will last throughout the year.
How can you help?
- Talk to them about ways to be generous that do not include money. Too often we limit the notion of generosity to the giving or spending of money, but we can also be generous with our time, our words, and our labor.
- Model a generous attitude. Help them learn generosity by seeing it in you.
- Share with them the impact of someone’s generosity on your life.
- Make generosity a family affair. Choose a project or activity in which the entire family can be involved.