Nov 26, 2018 • 2 min read
One of the best ways for your child to learn about being a team player—besides on their youth sports team—is by working with others to serve people in their community. Actually, I’m an advocate of teaching kids to serve all year round, not just during the holidays.
But maybe this holiday season, you are looking for ways to start to teach your kids to give back. Here are some suggestions for you to begin now during the holidays, then look for ways to implement them all year long. These ideas for giving back can be done as a team, or as a family.
Whatever you do, try to make serving a family and/or team affair. If the team is involved, Mom and Dad can participate and be an example of giving back.
Remember that teaching generosity to your kids is not a one-time event. Start small and take baby steps. After projects or events, talk with your kids about what they did and how it made them feel.
Thanksgiving is a great time to kick off this serving initiative; there are tons of organizations that welcome the help. Encouraging your child’s team or even your family to give back will hopefully motivate them to become people that desire to help others, not just focus on themselves.
Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach’s wife, writes a sports parenting blog called jbmthinks.com. Her new book, 11 Habits for Happy and Positive Sports Parents, is on Amazon.