December's Tough Topic-- Empathy and Charity ("Giving Versus Getting")

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December's Tough Topic-- Empathy and Charity ("Giving Versus Getting")

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion.

The month of December sparks within some people feelings of warmth, cheer, anticipation and celebration. Within others, it may stir up feelings of depression or anxiety and obligation. Additionally, the winter holiday season brings with it long-established social customs, commercials, advertisements, store displays and other promotional marketing that can easily seduce children into an "expectation of receiving" without any appreciation for the many privileges they enjoy. This month's tough topic is aimed at helping families talk with their children about empathy and charity towards those who are less fortunate and the ways in which children can focus on giving rather than getting.

Try setting aside 25 minutes with your children to read and have ongoing discussions of these and other topical books. As always, feel free to click the book titles of choice in order to read more about them and place them on hold. You will receive an email when your requested books are available at the library for pick up.
 
**"Tough Topics" is a monthly series of carefully curated materials covering a specific difficult theme in order to prompt and facilitate important family discussions. Reading good fiction and non-fiction books with children can help you grapple with tough topics such as adoption, autism, bullying, homelessness, death and divorce in a positive, honest and realistic manner.**