I am sure we all know a family that focuses on giving the greatest gifts no matter the cost. Don’t be one of those families because after all, that isn’t the true meaning of the holidays. While I’d like to think we all know the real meaning, sometimes we lose sight of that especially with all the craziness of the season. And when we lose sight, so do our children. So today we are partnering with SunTrust to share 5 Ways to Teach Kids The True Meaning of The Holidays.
We believe everyone deserves to know the real meaning so we can all spread a little more cheer and love throughout the holiday season.
5 Ways to Teach Kids The True Meaning of The Holidays
Volunteer with them – Volunteering as a family is good for everyone involved. You are not only spending time together but you are also learning the value of giving selflessly to another. Volunteering during the holidays is extra special. It reminds us that we are to give without ever needing to receive. It’s an amazing feeling!
Talk about those less fortunate – What your kids don’t know won’t help them (yes, I know that isn’t how the saying goes but for this purpose, it is). The thing is, we can try to shelter our kids from the world around us but that only hurts them. Discuss how other’s may not have what they do and how you can help make their lives better especially during the holidays. Ever since I’ve had that talk with my oldest son, he has had a new perspective on life and how things work. Less greed and more giving can come from it all if you just take the time to talk.
Actively Give – Once your children know about the less fortunate, it’s time to teach them the power behind giving. Giving can be as simple as volunteering (as mentioned above) but they can also give clothing and food which are the basic necessities for life. Even giving toys to children who could use a little more joy this time of year is a fantastic idea. It doesn’t matter how you give or what you give as long as you are doing it.
Establish Family Traditions – Family traditions are so important. Children remember more than we like to think they do. Having them remember traditions surrounded by family during the holidays will make a lifelong impression. Bake cookies together, wrap presents, go caroling, play games, or do whatever you feel is the best way to spend time and celebrate the holidays. No matter what you choose, make sure it’s done together as a family.
Forget the Spending – As I mentioned earlier, sometimes we get so fixated on purchasing physical gifts no matter the cost or financial burden it places on our families. Can you imagine a world where we all choose to save every year to give to other’s and spend more time with family than we spend of money? It would make the world a better place. This year you can opt to forget about all the holiday spending unless it’s time because time is priceless and that is a beautiful thing to teach to our children.
Share What The Holidays Mean To You
SunTrust Bank wants to help spread the true meaning of the holiday season. Their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want you and your community to have the resources, tips, and tools you need to feel confident and in control of your finances. Having some financial breathing room gives you that confidence and control so you can save for your goals & splurge knowingly on what matters most to you. Doing that also means you are in a better place to give and donate to other’s.
The holidays are for focusing on moments that matter. But for many Americans, financial stress can get in the way. This year, you can make small changes that make a big difference for your financial well-being.
In this holiday planning guide, you ™ll find tips for getting organized and making a plan for holiday spending so you can feel confident in your ability to stay on track with your budget. You ™ll see how other Americans are shopping, traveling, celebrating and giving in ways that make the holidays cost less, but mean more.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.
So now it’s your turn to share…What does the holiday season mean to you?