They say, “never wake a sleeping baby.” A baby’s sweet is sleep. And I’m not only talking about for them. It is a sweet, sweet, time for mom as well! She can catch up on a little sleep herself if need be!

A mother pours her heart out for her newborn. She shows love by nurturing, feeding and caring for them. If a mother simply held her child and said over and over again, “I love you,” but never fed them or met their needs, then it is not true love. Love is found in action. That may sound like a ridiculous example but this simply shows us that actions really do speak louder than words. In an age of “fake news,” corrupt politics and hypocrisy in many American churches, it is important to teach our children to love, through action and not merely through words.

How can we teach our children to show love through their actions? Here is a list of 14 practical ways they can show love this holiday season.

  1. Rake your neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway, for free!
  2. Sign up for a craft fair, sell baked goods and donate the money to your favorite charity.
  3. Participate in Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox ministry.
  4. Make a card and/or treat for your postal delivery worker.
  5. Go Christmas caroling in the children’s ward of your local hospital.
  6. Visit a widow or shut-in you know of from church or a friend.
  7. Send a card to an active member of the military.
  8. Offer to help your parents with dinner. Whether it’s setting the table, cleaning up or even preparing part of the meal.
  9. Offer to mow a neighbor’s lawn.
  10. Make baked goods and deliver to your neighbors.
  11. Do your siblings chores for a day without saying a word about it.
  12. Make homemade Christmas cards this year, complete with special notes from each child.
  13. Visit a nursing home and do a simple craft or coloring sheet with the elderly.
  14. Hold a diaper drive in front of a local grocery store and donate to a Pregnancy Care Center.