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Teach the Joy of Gift Giving

It doesn't take much teaching for children to understand the "getting" part of giving and receiving. But it's never too early to begin setting a good example for your children by teaching them the joy of giving gifts.

Start early

Preschool age is a good time to start helping young children understand the idea of giving to others. You have lots of opportunities to help teach the concept of giving during the holidays. For example, children can pass on toys to youngsters who will spend the season at a hospital. Local charities typically establish special programs during the season to make it easy for families to help the less fortunate.

Be patient

Child psychologists say, however, that parents should not expect young children to fully understand, much less embrace, the concept of selflessness. It's normal