Boys Town Releases Tips for Managing Holiday Expectations

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Boys Town, the national child and healthcare organization, tells parents to teach their children the true meaning of the holiday through words and their own deeds.

Parents' actions speak louder than words.

Boys Town today announced strategies to help kids understand the true meaning of the holidays. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Prior to the holidays, parents can have conversations with their children about the meaning of the holiday. Regardless of religious beliefs, parents can focus on the values and traditions:

1.    Donate gifts to a needy family
2.    Participate in volunteer activities
3.    Have children donate one of their presents to a child in need
4.    Anonymously pay for another persons’ meal at a restaurant
5.    Donate food to a food bank

The more involved children become in these activities, the better they will learn the meaning of the holiday for your family. Parents can prepare children for the holiday by discussing gift expectations. Also, parents’ actions speak louder than words, so if parents want their children to focus on the needs of those less fortunate, parents need to demonstrate this to their children. We can all learn from young children, who often enjoy the packaging of gifts as much as the gifts themselves.

For more parenting tips, visit parenting.org or for those who need a little more help addressing a specific situation, trained counselors are available at the Boys Town National Hotline. Call 1-800-448-3000.

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