My children were definitely spoiled this Christmas. They received gifts from both sides of the family and from us of course. Our house definitely has become overrun by toys. We are very appreciative and grateful. Does this sound a lot like your house? If it does, I believe it is important to teach our children about how fortunate they are.
My children are very young, only 4 and 2. Although my 2 year old is too young to understand, it is not too early to teach my 4 year old about how thankful he should be. I’ve explained to him how many children do not receive as many nice gifts as he did and how some children do not get any gifts at all. That of course started a very long conversation with my son who asked a lot of questions about why some children do not receive any gifts.
This week I have made my son choose toys he does not want anymore so we can donate them. As we searched for toys, I would explain to him how other children would be so appreciative to receive some of these toys that we are giving away since some do not have as many toys like he does. This is just one example, but there are many other ways to teach your children about money.
For example, your child can select a present off an angel tree. If your child is older, maybe have him donate some money from his allowance to purchase a gift for another child. Do you have any ideas on how to show your child to appreciate what they have and it is important to give to others?