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Happy to Give
When you give toys away, don't miss the opportunity to instill in your child the value of giving. Even when he is young, he can enjoy the knowledge that he has made someone else happy. He can appreciate the fact that other children don't have the same advantages he has. One of my friends has established a ritual with his children where every birthday after they celebrate (and receive gifts) they go through their rooms and identify the items that they’ve outgrown and which can go to charity. I think it's a great tradition. Take your children to Goodwill or your local charity with the items that are being donated. Let them talk with the volunteers there so they understand where their donated item is going and who it will benefit. This is a wonderful lesson that promotes selflessness and instills an idea of giving that lasts a lifetime.
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