The holiday season is generally filled with excitement, sleepless nights, cookies, fairytales, time spent with family and loved ones and PRESENTS!! This special time of year for children will create lasting memories and will one day mold their own family’s holiday traditions.
To help build your child’s character trait of compassion, it is important to teach them at a young age the significance of giving, not receiving. It’s a classic tale, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge — the essence of selfishness, the typical mean-spirited, miserly, self-absorbed old man. Yet as Scrooge discovers the happiness of good deeds, he blooms with the “helper’s high” (Jeanie Lerche Davis, WebMD, retrieved 12/22/2014).
While helping others, children will build generosity and compassion strengthening their understanding of empty and continue to build their intrinsic sense of self. To help build your child’s character you might consider the activities listed below: