Teaching Children about the Joy of Giving with the Berenstain Bears

I’ve teamed up with Zonderkidz to share about teaching children about the joy of giving with the Berenstain Bears.

Teaching Children about the Joy of Giving

This holiday season, we are working on focusing on the Joy of Giving, instead of the toys and presents. We want to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas. Furthermore, the importance of putting our focus on others over ourselves.

Five Ways we are Teaching our Children about the Joy of Giving

  1. Through Reading Stories: Books, like The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving, teach children about giving and the true meaning of Christmas.
  2. Donations: Our dear friends are going through the process of international adoption and sharing their story here. We’ve taken this opportunity to teach our children about adoption and how we can give to support their family and future child!
  3. True Meaning of Christmas: Christmas isn’t all about Santa Claus, presents and decorations. Teaching children about the true meaning of Christmas can teach them about the joy of giving.
  4. Experience: Allowing children to experience how it feels to volunteer, give and donate. Moreover, allowing them to see their parents and loved ones be a positive example.
  5. Charities: We can also teach children about the different charities out there. As adults, we have different charities that are important to us. It’s important to teach children about the different places we can give, and how it impacts others.

Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving is the perfect book to open up the conversation about the joy of giving with children. The story  not only shares about why we celebrate Christmas, but also the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ.

The book also shares a story about giving that is easy for young children to understand. It talks about giving gifts, donating money and the true meaning of Christmas in an engaging and fun little story.

The book ends with some talking points and questions to ask your child. It really helps them to connect the book to the real world. I know Graydon can’t wait to read this book again, and I look forward to our conversations about giving afterwards.

The Impact

At the age of four, Graydon loves receiving presents and new toys. However, he is really starting to see the joy and rewards of giving. He loves picking out gifts for other people and his new thing is planing birthday parties for those he loves.

After reading The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving, he’s also starting to understand the importance of prayer and giving thanks. He loves the idea that he can write a thank you card to Jesus and he will be able to read it wherever he decides to put it.

I absolutely love books that teach my children and have a positive message. Understandably, that makes The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving one of my new favorite books. It makes Graydon think, and helps him understand the important things in life.

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