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Blog: Organizing Kids Of All Ages
The gift of giving

Well, for most of us parents the countdown has begun. If you remember, during the Thanksgiving holiday I had the children working on cleaning out their rooms and getting toys ready to donate or toss if they were broken. We are finishing up with that project and intend to take the toys for donation on Friday. I have become accustomed to performing this purge as the holiday brings in way more than they need anyway. I was excited to see my oldest, 5, begin to really get it this year. He is no longer afraid of letting it go, because he knows that if he does something better will replace it. This is the first year he has placed money in the Salvation Army bucket and visited a nursing home to sing for the holiday with his class. I have witnessed such a large improvement in his sense of self. Like sports, philanthropy teaches children to share their gifts with others. Organizing and placing value of particular belongings over others urges them to show respect to the material things that have relevance in their lives. They learn that they can live with less and that what they do have is to be appreciated.
However, we do have to lead by example. We cannot just offer lip service to the idea and then deny our own belongings to others less fortunate. I believe that this creates a harmonious family that flows with the whole yin and yang of it. An appreciative in-flow with a gracious outflow gives balance to the home. So, on that note there are still a few days left to get your family in the true spirit of giving. See websites such as www.familycares.org for project ideas from hurricane victim relief, charities for children with cancer or homeless families. Carleton Kendrick, a family therapist, says "The holidays are a chance for families to assess the notion of gratitude as a way of life". Merry Christmas and May God bless you in the New Year!

posted on: 12/20/2007 9:00:00 AM by Melissa Searcy
category: Family

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Melissa Searcy is a professional organizer and independent decorator now living in Jasper, AL. Formerly of Montgomery, Melissa owns Lulagrace Interiors where she was a regularly featured guest on morning television and had articles featured in the local newspaper and many local monthly publications. For more information you may visit her at www.lulagrace.com. Melissa is also a member of the Facebook community at Facebook.com/melissa.searcy or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LulagracePO.

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