I read a quote on Facebook, you know one of those funny quotes that everyone posts. It said, “Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” I have not stopped thinking about it since reading it. I think this is sadly the case for many, but certainly not most. We talk about all the things we are thankful for and what we are going to do to help in this world and then leave it behind. I am guilty of it myself. Superstorm Sandy came and we gave, the holidays roll around and I give, Brittany had her mitzvah project and we helped, but day to day I often get lost in my family and responsibilities at home and at work and forget to give. Should the holidays be the only time we should be thankful and remember those in need? Then I thought what about all those mensch like qualities I teach my children. Do they count? What are the values you display on a day to day basis? Do you hold the door for others, say please and thank you, send a card to a sick friend, drop some food in the bin at the market? All these things model for your children what it means to be a kind and empathetic person. I then stopped feeling guilty and realized I am doing my part to raise empathetic, productive, and caring young children who will continue that way into adulthood. So during this time of year involve your children by letting them pick out a toy for a child in need or help bag the groceries for the food pantry, but remember all that you can do and do all year long to continue instilling kindness and generosity in your child and know it does not always happen monetarily. What examples are you giving your child(ren)?
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