Beyond the Holiday Food Drive: Nurturing Empathy in Early Childhood

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It’s the holidays! We are in the thick of it – the giving and getting season. Our littles are flooded with gifts and treats, and as moms, we’re always reminding them to say their “pleases” and “thank yous”. However, while raising these little ones during this season how or when do we teach them the importance of giving back? How do we begin to teach empathy? 

As parents, we want our young ones to understand the benefits of helping others and the gifts that come from practicing empathy.  We all have a list of positive character traits we’d like to see our little ones develop. A recent national survey found that honesty, compassion, and generosity are just a few of the top five traits parents have ranked as the skills they’d like for their children to have. But how and when do we start nurturing these qualities?

Empathy Starts Early

Did you know that with the right modeling and practice, character building can start as early as six months old? Even at this early age children can begin to demonstrate the signs of empathy. This means we can start using the earlier years with our children to engage with them in acts of giving back to others and nurturing skills that can drive empathy. Yes, there will still be times where we have to battle over sharing toys, but with some practice from early childhood to pre-kindergarten and beyond, we can begin showing our young ones how to show generosity and kindness.

The holiday season brings many opportunities to help nurture those early character building skills with your little ones. Primrose Schools is helping families give back to their communities while fostering early character skills such as kindness, generosity, and compassion through its Caring and Giving Food Drive.

Beyond the Holiday Food Drive: Nurturing Empathy in Early ChildhoodA Food Drive that’s Nurturing Early Character Building 

Primrose Schools’ Caring and Giving Food Drive is not your average community food drive. This unique take on a traditional food drive is not just impacting communities but also families.  During the drive, children go beyond just dropping canned goods into a donation bin. Students are asked to earn donations by completing age-appropriate chores at home. The children then visit a local grocery store, purchase the foods on their list, and donate the groceries to a local shelter or food bank. Teachers and parents partner together to teach these young students responsibility and what it means to give back without the expectation of receiving.

Also, children and teachers will participate in hands-on classroom activities that tie in math, music and writing. Activities include estimating the cost of groceries during a shopping trip, singing songs about being thankful and learning about what happens to the food after its delivered to the food bank. All these activities emphasize the main lessons of the Caring and Giving Food Drive: compassion, citizenship and giving without expectation.

Take a look below at how Primrose Schools is building Character Development in their daily curriculum including the Caring and Giving Food Drive.

Primrose Schools is showing parents that it is never too early to nurture those opportunities to develop empathy. Their annual Caring and Giving Food Drive is teaching young children and families the rewarding lessons of giving back and the importance of showing kindness and generosity in everyday life.

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About Primrose Schools

Primrose Schools is the leader in providing premier early education and care to children and families in the United States. Founded in 1982, there are more than 350 Primrose schools in 29 states today. Each school is independently-owned and -operated by Franchised Owners who partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Primrose believes who children become is as important as what they know. The Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach is created from the best early education wisdom and balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence, and compassion. 




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One Response to Beyond the Holiday Food Drive: Nurturing Empathy in Early Childhood

  1. Chika Gujarathi December 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Agreed! It’s never too early to learn these behaviors. I’ll be trying this with my 4 and 2 year old.

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