Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog! The Holiday Season is HERE! Grandparents have started asking for Christmas lists. The stores have Christmas decorations displayed and ready to buy. The toy aisles are filled with the season’s hottest toys. There are so many opportunities for my child to ask for things that she wants that I want to also make sure she knows of opportunities that are available for kids for giving. And I want to help other parents help a child enjoy giving this Holiday Season.
I’ve spent many years working with educators, parents, and volunteer managers that plan meaningful service opportunities for young volunteers. There are some challenges involved but teaching children about the volunteer opportunities in a way they understand is possible.
This post will discuss some of the ways to help your child enjoy giving this holiday season and what we will cover in our 5 Day Challenge that begins October 15, 2018.
New here? I also have the following blog posts to help you plan meaningful service projects for youth volunteers.
If you want more tips and step-by-step guides to planning events and programs, check out my Insider’s Online Vault.
On October 15th, Project Stella Resources is hosting a 5 Day Challenge through email and a Facebook group for parents that want to help their children enjoy giving this Holiday season.
We begin on Monday with a video and an email and repeat daily with a new topic. Each day participants receive a BONUS item for participating and responding the the challenge.
- For children to enjoy giving, it must be discussed as a family and they have to have buy-in.
- For children enjoy giving, there must be a balance. There is nothing wrong with receiving gifts (I hope not because I LOVE to give them to my daughter!) but expectations need to be realistic.
- Giving is not just about money or donations. The best gifts are gifts of time.
- BONUS: 25 Countdown Messages to Christmas: Encouraging messages for the season
Using your Elves
- Elf of the Shelf is very popular and you can use them in a way to encourage positive messages while still having fun.
- BONUS: 25 Ideas for using your Elves to encourage Kindness and Giving
Gift Giving Strategies
- There are ways to manage expectations about gifts from family and gifts from Santa
- The hardest part is discussing these strategies with family members that live outside the home (yes, my parents like to spoil their grandkids!)
- BONUS: Printable Gift Planning Checklist incorporating recommended gift giving strategies
Holiday Service Project
- There are volunteer opportunities for children to enjoy giving that are hands on.
- Families that volunteer together benefit by putting the focus on helping someone else.
- BONUS: Ebook – Easy Holiday Service Projects for Families
Giving Year Round
- There are ways for children to enjoy giving all year long without causing the family extra stress
- Children develop great life skills when they are allowed to plan their own volunteer opportunities
- BONUS: Event Checklist for Helping your Child Lead Volunteer Projects
Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.
I’ve worked in higher education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun, hands on experiences. My strength is in the logistics and I plan for fun. I am now using my strengths to help others take the stress out of event planning to have quality programs for youth of all ages.