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The Holiday Season is HERE and we are hosting a 5 Day Challenge to help parents encourage their children to enjoy giving this Holiday season.
For Day One of the Challenge we focused on Mindset. This is an excerpt from Interview I did with my daughter about the Holidays and Giving.
Interview with Stella - Day One
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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.