12 Ways to Teach Kids How to Be More Grateful and Giving

It's never too early to teach your kids to be more selfless -- and we've got the tips to help you do it! (13 Photos)

Ylonda Caviness on Nov 1, 2013 at 2:08PM

chime in now
  • 2 of 13

12 Ways to Teach Kids How to Be More Grateful and Giving

Image Source/Getty Images

    Loading slides...

Start Small

You probably won't be taking your toddler to volunteer at the soup kitchen any time soon, but even the youngest kids can get involved in giving back and learn to have a giving spirit, says Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. Just start small. "Little acts help kids pick up the true spirit of giving," she says. So find fun ways for your littles to get involved: have them add sprinkles to a batch of fresh baked cookies for the neighbor whose family can't visit for Christmas -- and then deliver together. Or have them make wrapping paper for Grandma's Christmas present and hand it to her.

"The secret is to look for fun little ways to involve your children in giving to others -- wrapping presents, baking cookies, picking out one special gift to get them into the merriment," Borba says, "and make sure they hand deliver the gift so they can hear the 'thank you' and see the pleasure on the recipient's face."





 

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web