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Teachable Holiday Moments

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As the holidays approach, the letters to Santa get longer and longer with more toys and tech. Sometimes it can be hard for kids to think beyond their Santa list with all of the excitement but there are so many opportunities to take a moment over the holidays and make them teachable moments.
1. Generosity
Take special care in choosing gifts with you child for important people in their lives like their teachers. Sitting down with your children and picking gifts from the Survival Gifts catalogue inspires generosity. It’s a great way to talk to your kids about the lives of children in other parts of the world, help broaden their horizons and promote global citizenship. By giving gifts that give back like Survival Gifts such as vaccinations, school supplies and bed nets, they are responding to the life-saving needs of children. UNICEF 360º and the virtual reality viewer, available through the Survival Gifts catalogue this year, helps close the loop and is a unique way for your children to see how their choices actually make a difference in real life. (Photo: My son Aidan (12) trying out the UNICEF 360º)

2. Quality Time
The most simple gift anyone can give is the gift of their time. Spending time with family and friends create wonderful memories and experiences better than anything you can buy. As a family brainstorm fun things to do over the holidays as a family, like taking a hike, exploring a new town or settling in for a cozy movie night on the couch together. Plan a playdate with a few best friends, play board games, build a fort  or get outside, maybe even make it a sleepover! (Photo: My daughter and nephew (both 4) enjoying a cousin sleepover)


3. Gratitude

As your kids plan what they are going to ask Santa for this year, why not take a trip to the toy store to pick out a toy to donate locally to Toy Mountain or other charities collecting toys. This is a beautiful annual tradition to do as a family and it teaches your child to be grateful for all they have and that choosing a toy to give another child, helps to give other kids a happy Christmas too. (Photo: My daughter Kate (10) with the toys she's picked out for other kids)


4. Friendship
Sharing is caring with friends but also with seniors. It hurts my heart to think of the number of seniors that will spend the holidays alone, without the excitement of friends and family visiting and many without even one gift to open. Many communities have ways to get involved and provide gifts for seniors. If you have an elderly neighbour maybe stop by with your child, a plate of cookies and a handmade card. Their smile is all the thanks your child will need and that is a beautiful thing to teach them. (Photo: My daughter (6) with brownies we baked for a neighbour)

5. Everyday
The holiday season helps to remind us to think of others but there are teachable moments everyday. As a parent watch for them, pause for a moment with your child and share the meaning and the lesson. In our busy lives it's easy to say "next time" but the moment will have passed, so make the investment in your child and stop saying "next time" and teach them every moment you can. (Photo: My youngest daughter and I stopping to read a Chritmas book together)
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by UNICEF, however as always the thoughts, tips and opinions are all my own.

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