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Oh, the joys! Christmas is the perfect time to surround yourself with family and loved ones. Enjoying delicious food, having fun, and overall togetherness come along with the spirit of the Holidays. Christmas isn’t always about lavish vacations and gifts but more about bonding with your children during this time, especially for creating memories. Here are some ways parents can connect with their children this Holiday Season:
Teach your Children the Spirit of Christmas
Giving, love, life, and happiness are all in the spirit of Christmas. Teaching your children to celebrate these values will go a long way in cultivating bonds in a fun manner. Participating in toy drives or offering your time to organizations with your children will go a long way in not just telling them what Christmas is truly about but rather showing them. These positive core values will help them understand the meaning of giving and being kind year-round rather than only during the holidays.
Have Conversations About Empathy
Christmas doesn’t look the same for everyone; therefore, having conversations with your children about empathy and instilling the spirit of sharing during this season is very important. Here are a few ways you can teach your children to empathize with others:
- Teach your children to have compassion for classmates or friends who are not as privileged as them.
- Encourage sharing toys and food with other children when it is appropriate to do so.
- Help them draw and design Christmas cards for family and friends as thoughtful gifts.
Make Family Dinner
Making family dinners and having your children be involved during Christmas is an excellent way to bond and gives them something to look forward to. Not only will this help with teaching the meaning of togetherness, but it can also be taken as an educational opportunity to learn measurements and cooking rules.
Spend Quality Time
Many parents and legal guardians of children lead busy work lives, among everything else going on in their personal lives. Finding ways to spend quality time together can be complicated, but it is possible. As we previously stated, vacations and gift-giving aren’t the only ways to spend Christmas with your family. Simply taking a walk to the park, decorating together, or listening to music are a few ways to spend quality time with your little ones. After all, Christmas is all about being surrounded by those that make you the happiest.
Gentle Reminder: It’s Safe Toys & Gifts Month
Now that you understand more about the benefits of bonding with your children during Christmas, we are issuing a gentle reminder that it is safe toys & gifts month. Gift and toy giving is in full swing, and parents need to understand the significance of gift safety. Before you purchase a gift for a child or allow your child to play with a gift given to them, be sure to check the following:
- Recalls: Toy-related injuries due to recalls are relatively common and should not be overlooked. Before purchasing or allowing your child to play with a toy, always do some digging. Looking into the toy will help determine if it has been issued a recall.
- Age-appropriate: Toys have age restrictions for a reason, and all toys that a child plays with should be age-appropriate to them.
- Inspect: Whether you have reason to believe that a toy is safe, you can never be too sure until you inspect it. Make it a common practice to always check toys before putting them in children’s hands.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, and we wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope you ring out the rest of 2022 surrounded by those you love with plenty of jolly and cheer.