Monday, December 10, 2012

Teaching To Give

Have you ever gone to a birthday party with your kids and had your kids think that the presents (for the guest-of-honor) are for them?  That's the perfect recipe for an upset birthday boy/girl, and its a guarantee that you will pack up early, just because it's too exhausting keeping your little one (or two) away from the irresistible birthday loot.

Tomorrow is the day we drop off gifts at the boys' preschool for Toys for Tots.  Toys for Tots is a toy drive that I believe was started by the Marines, where toys are collected and provided to under privileged children throughout the holiday season.  My initial intent was to take the boys to their class, then drop off the toys in the collection bin, myself.  The toys need to be new and unwrapped, and I didn't want to deal with the boys wanting the gifts for themselves and the potential meltdowns that might ensue.

Insert Christmas Lesson, here.

I had a change of heart. I decided to incorporate the gift giving with our Christmas Countdown. Tomorrow morning, the boys will wake up and run to find Elfie.  Next, they will run to our Christmas Countdown and jump up and down cheering until I pull down the next number and let them see what is inside the festive little bag.  Here is tomorrow's 'surprise':

There are no stickers, temporary tattooss or Hershey Kisses in the December 11th bag, just a sweet little poem that reads:

Today is the day you'll do a good deed.
You're sharing some gifts with families in need.
When you go to school, you'll bring a new toy,
That will bring a big smile to a good girl or boy. 

On our way to school, I will explain to the boys why we are giving these gifts in terms that they will hopefully understand. I'm thinking the more prep work I do, the easier it will be for them to drop the toys into the bin.  The more I thought about it, I felt that it was important for them to learn from an early age that they are very lucky little boys, and that not all people are as lucky as we are.  I also want them to learn that it feels good to give, and that it's important to help someone out when you can.  Wish us luck, but I have a feeling they will make me proud and they'll know they are doing a good deed.

UPDATE!  The toy drop-off was a success! Yeah! After a mere 3 seconds of mourning, Wesley finally agreed to make the donations with an, "Aw, ok."  Andrew was good with the idea from the get-go.

1 comment:

  1. Although we haven't donated actual toys before, the girls helped me shop to fill shoe boxes with goodies a few weeks ago (to be sent to other parts of the world), and we shopped for the food pantry last week. They have always been so excited to make their donations. I have a feeling your boys will be, too. :) :)


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