Values are the principles or virtues on which the personality is based. Educating children in values is fundamental for their correct development. Christmas is a time when some values are especially relevant, so it can be the perfect time to teach them to children.
We bring you some examples and exercises to encourage them:
Solidarity. At this time of year, it is sometimes easy to lose focus and get carried away by the excitement of gifts. Therefore, it is essential that children learn from an early age the importance of sharing with those who are most disadvantaged. Encouraging empathy and involving them in an activity such as a food drive will help children understand that they need to be altruistic with those who need it most.
Generosity. This value is one of the most difficult to instill in children. At an early age, some children often find it difficult to understand why they should give something they want or consider their own. Therefore, it is important to make them understand that material objects are not the most important thing and how good they will feel when they share something with others. A good exercise to promote this value can be to donate one of the gifts you receive at Christmas or those toys you no longer use so that other children can enjoy them.
Gratitude. Gratitude is not just about saying thank you, but about children appreciating what they have and the effort it takes to get things. To develop it, you can ask them what good things have happened to them this year and make them see how lucky they are for it. They do not have to be material things. They can give thanks for having a family, for being able to meet with grandparents, for playing with cousins, for having a cool teacher, for eating their favorite food….
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