ABINGDON, Md. - Dec. 16, 2016 // PRNewswire // - This holiday season, Kiddie Academy®, a nationally networked franchise with more than 160 locations nationwide, is putting an emphasis on teaching children the art of giving. Research shows that children whose parents talk to them about giving back were 20 percent more likely to give to charity than parents who did not discuss giving with their children at all, according to a study by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Parents who speak with their young children about giving can positively influence their children's philanthropic behavior later on in life.
"Parents are invested in teaching their children the attitude of gratitude, and they want to raise children who are excited about giving to others. The holiday gift-giving season is a good opportunity to teach both generosity and gratitude," said Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy, Richard Peterson. "It's easy to share good fortune when opportunities like bell-ringers, toy drives, carolers and charity events are prevalent. Teaching young children the joy and satisfaction that comes with giving gifts to others can help make these abstract ideas easier to understand; in turn, they'll receive enjoyment and exultation from it for a lifetime."
Here are five ways to help your children participate in this season's gift-giving festivities:
For more on the art of giving and ways to teach a child the importance of gift-giving, check out Kiddie Academy's 2016 Educational Holiday Gift Guide, which features thought-provoking commentary from education and curriculum experts.
To learn more about Kiddie Academy, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in childcare. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has more than 160 academies located in 24 states. Approximately 60 additional academies are in development, with new locations slated to open each year. For more information, visit www.kafranchise.com.
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