Teaching Your Children the Importance of Giving During the Holidays

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How can you give your children gifts but also teach them the importance of giving to others?
Air Date: 12/2/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Teaching Your Children the Importance of Giving During the Holidays
If you have young children in your family, you know firsthand that the holidays can be very busy. It may seem easier to just go off the list of what your child wants.

Even though you may want to give your child as much as you can, it's also important to set boundaries and not give in to spoiling your child an iPad or a brand new Smartphone.

This time of year might be a good time to talk to your children about reflecting on what they already have and what they are thankful for. This doesn't mean you can't give your child a present, but it's important to remember the holiday spirit and giving to those who might be less fortunate, as well as being kind to others.

How else can you teach your children about the importance of giving during the holiday season?

Listen in as Corinn Cross, MD, shares her tips on how to teach your children the importance of giving, as well as some great gift ideas.
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