2. Feeling like the holidays are too material? Take time to volunteer!
Do you worry that your kids are too focused on getting gifts and not thinking about others during this season? Help restore the balance by choosing a volunteer activity for your family. Volunteers extend the reach and bandwidth of a non-profit’s staff, making the entire organization more effective. Volunteering is personally enriching, too: volunteers can grow in empathy, develop new skills, and make friends. Your family can help deliver holiday meals to senior citizens, or wrap toys that have been donated for underprivileged kids. If the thought of fitting yet another activity into this busy time is overwhelming, plan ahead to the spring and participate in Sound the Alarm, where your family can spend a day helping the Red Cross install free smoke detectors in homes that don’t have them.