What does it mean to give back to others?
This month’s theme is Good Will Towards Others. With it being the holiday season, there is a lot of talk about doing things for others and not expecting things for ourselves. We need to coach our teens that this is not just about buying someone else a gift and giving it to them. It is about truly doing things for others. Giving back means stepping up and making a positive impact in our community and beyond. You and your teen can do that by
- Volunteering at a local toy and tree giveaway event
- Donating your time and resources to a food shelf or helping serve a hot meal to those in need
- Getting involved in community projects like a bake sale with proceeds going to a local charity
Giving back is more than charity
Giving back is driven by a genuine desire to contribute to the well-being of others. It’s more than just charity—it’s about lending a hand, sharing resources, and supporting others in various ways.
Many people feel like you are giving them charity when you give them money or things. Giving back could be giving your time and knowledge about helping them finish a project. Or helping out with their kids while they go to run errands.
In most cases, giving back doesn’t involve us giving money. It is a free thing for us to do for someone else.
It isn’t just a holiday thing
Good will towards others is something we focus on during the holidays, but it isn’t just a thing we do during the holiday season. It is a thing we can do all year round.
- We can volunteer at events all year long to help others
- Providing a hot meal happens at homeless shelters all year round
- Communities have events that help others and all you have to do is show up and help
So, what are you doing to give back to others? Ask your teen what are they doing?
How does this relate to bullying?
Since bullying is our fourth quarter theme, I thought about what the opposite of bullying would be. And I came up with doing something for others. So, when you see someone being picked on or being bullied, think about ways that you could help that person out instead. If they are being picked on for how they are dressed, offer to go with them to a thrift store or the mall and pick out something more appropriate. If the reason they can’t dress better is that they can’t afford to, find out a place they could go to get clothing for free.
You may see a neighbor who needs help mowing their lawn or raking leaves. What a great opportunity for you and or your teen to give back.
There are many ways we can give back to others and show good will instead of being mean. What could you do to give back to others? Let me know in the comments below.
Have you started reading The Way Series yet?
Are you looking for a couple of good teen coming-of-age reads focusing on teen challenges? Or a holiday gift for your teen or young adult? Check out The Way Series.
Book #1 – The Hard Way – is the story of Paul Jones and his starting his freshman year of high school and how he must navigate dealing with pressure from his peers to do things to fit in.
Book #2 – Shawn’s Way – although it is a continuation of Paul’s journey from The Hard Way, we meet freshman, Shawn Townson. He becomes the target of a bully when an upperclassman decides to take out his frustration on him.
Book #3 – The Street’s Way – is a continuation of The Way Series which introduces Mikala Kalani to the storyline as a runaway and homeless teen. Coming your way in early 2024.
So, click on link below to my books page to learn more about the series! And be sure to pick up your copies soon, so you can get caught up on the story line before the release of The Street’s Way.