Growing up, I remember every holiday season, my parents would find a way to help us pay it forward. One year, I remember getting up extra early and delivering hot chocolate and pastries to all of the crossing guards in our school district. I was a teenager then, and seeing the smiles on their faces was so rewarding and memorable. I had grumbled about it for days, but I definitely caught the giving bug after that. And that compassion is something I really want to teach my own children.
My kids are too little to completely understand giving back, but we still try to give them examples of paying it forward. In the coming weeks, we will go pick an angel of the tree at our church, and I hope to get one of a child around the same age as my son so he can help pick the gift. There are so many things you can do to pay it forward, and you really don’t have to even spend any money. Here is a list of ways you can pay it forward this holiday season!
Do you have another idea or do something I left off my list? I want to know, how you guys teach your family the spirit of giving!