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 Two of the Challenge we making some suggestions to our new FAVORITE tradition: Elf on the Shelf/Kindness Elves. This is an excerpt from interview I did with my daughter about the Holidays and what she has to say about the new tradition.
Interview with Stella - Day Two
New here? I also have the following blog posts to help raise kids who R.O.C.K.
And if you like these, check out the Acts of Kindness 21 Day Journal for Kids – a Digital Download from Project Stella Resources.
On October 15th, Project Stella Resources started a 5 Day Challenge through email and a Facebook group for parents that want to help their children enjoy giving this Holiday season.
- 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
Day 2 – 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
Day 3 – 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
Day 4 – Holiday Service Projects
- 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
Day 5 – 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
Want to inspire your kids or your students? Check out our new book – 52 Kids who R.O.C.K. Every Day: Inspiring stories of young people who Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness.
Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.
I’ve worked in education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun,