I recently received a comment on my blog from a reader about teaching (my) kids compassion. And I decided to write a whole blog post about compassion and how it so easily can be passed onto your own children and other family members for that matter.
It really is a simple concept when it boils right down to it.
Are you listening?
Are you ready?
Practice it. Practice it often, not necessarily just around the holidays.
If your children or other family members see you are compassionate for others and their needs, they will eventually get it and practice it as well. Get your children involved in what you decide to do to give back.
It doesn't have to be a big production. You don't have to house all the homeless or feed the city. Start out small.
It could be as simple as taking a tag off the giving tree during the Christmas holiday and buying a needy child a small gift.
It could be getting an extra bag of groceries and donating it to your local food pantry.
It could be taking some baked goods to a local retirement center for the elderly to snack on.
It could be inviting a lonely neighbor over for dinner.
It could be volunteering at your local soup kitchen on a holiday or on a regular basis.
IT could be whatever you want. However you want to give back to others. But I implore you, if you have the means to or the time, do it.
Nobody ever says I wish I could do "less".
If you choose to give your hard earned money to a charity, make sure to check them out with your local Better Business Bureau or Charity Navigator.
How do you teach your children compassion?