Purim is a busy day. When your kids are overdosing on candy, divvying up the “good” chocolate, and counting which sibling got more (or better) treats in their mishloach manos, it can be hard to remember what Purim is really about.
Here’s a simple way to make Purim more meaningful – and teach your children to think of others:
Before Purim, sit down with each of your children and create a list of 2-3 classmates who may feel a little lonely this Purim. Maybe there’s a boy who’s always picked last for basketball. Or a girl who’s super shy and doesn’t have many friends. Or a socially awkward kid who just gets on everyone’s nerves.
Encourage your kids to make a few extra mishloach manos for classmates who may not get many visitors on Purim. Then, take them to deliver these on Purim — and spread some real Adar joy!
This is a simple way to introduce your children to the “giving glow” – the lasting high we get when we give to others.
This Purim, teach your children that candy is sweet, but giving to others is even sweeter.