According to Jean Gross, child expert, author of ‘Psychology and Parenthood’ and a member of the Demos Character Inquiry Panel: “Encouraging empathy and compassion in children from a young age builds their core social and emotional awareness skills, which can not only reduce aggression, depression and anti-social behaviour but develop resilience, optimism and self-worth.
Its also a really good idea to teach children to make space in their life for new things and to move forward.
As a child each year just before christmas my daddy encouraged me to give away 3 toys I had outgrown to Barnardos. My children do the same and we take them along to a charity shop. This declutters, encourages empathy, supports the charity and give some other parent a qaulity bargain present.
If you and your kids are inclined this Christmas gifting old toys in good condition will benefit everyone and teach your child about the true spirit of Christmas and some sound values.
May God bless you and yours this Christmas time and whatever you belive Christmas is about may yours be filled to the brim with love.
Signing off the blog for a week or so now ……See you after Christmas xxxx