If your children have developed a case of the "gimmes," you're not alone. According to Ken Haller, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University, many children (and parents) become so focused on wish lists that they forget the giving spirit of Christmas.
"From a developmental standpoint, it's very important for children to develop some sense of the needs of others if they are going to be successful in the world and relate well to other children and adults in society," says Haller, a SLUCare pediatrician.
"It's important for them to develop empathy and realize that the gifts they have received are best appreciated when they are shared with others."
Giving should become a normal part of the way a family operates, not just an add-on during the holiday season, Haller says. Here are a few of his recommendations to help make charity tangible: