Ah, December! The season of giving – making presents, writing cards, donating to charity and spreading the holiday cheer. To some of us all this giving comes easier than to others, especially to certain small others. Making one ornament present might be enjoyable, but the number of cards to be written, gifts to be made and parting with her money, books and toys to donate to charity doesn’t necessarily appeal to my 6 year old. She put it to me like this, I know that Christmas is about giving, but it feels like working all the time, and I can’t help thinking about getting. I can’t help thinking about my Christmas presents and not about making stuff for others. At first I was upset at this outburst thinking that I am raising the most selfish child in the Universe, but then I tried to put myself in her shoes. As I am going through my Hep C treatment. Anna got very clingy, which is sort of understandable. She wants a lot of cuddling and undivided attention. So we had a conversation about how giving actually leads to getting. Every day when she does something for others without prompting, the present is added to a Christmas tree. A lot of presents are coming her way anyway, considering that she is an only grandchild on both sides and an only child of an upper-middle class family, but once giving and getting got more linked in her brain, her attitude improved quite a bit, and I see a lot more thought and effort poured into work for others.
Does giving come naturally to yours? What do you do to teach them to give cheerfully to others. By the way, of course, we teach by example, but it doesn’t quite seem to register fully.
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