This season of wish lists and cookie-making is also a perfect time to start a tradition centered on gratitude and giving. Try introducing an activity that sparks compassion and empathy in your children and helps them celebrate what they already have. Doing something for the greater good will make your family feel good -- and make the world a better place, too.
A DGT™ Family Service Fair does triple duty: it builds camaraderie within your organization, makes a difference for others, and conveys the joy of service. The event consists of 5 to 10 "booths" or "stations," each one offering the supplies to complete a simple, hands-on service project to benefit a nonprofit.
Surprising research says that doing chores, beginning at age 3 or 4, is actually a proven predictor of adult success. It teaches responsibility, competence, perseverance, the value of hard work -- and the idea that in a family we help one another out.
Consider marking the new school year by choosing one local charity to "adopt" for the year. It could be a homeless shelter, an environmental organization, a care facility, an arts group or an early-childhood program. By next summer your whole family will have become conversant on the issues, had fun together, met some wonderful people and made your community better.