It is never too late or too early to start getting your kids thinking of others. I always think getting kids involved in charitable causes is a great idea at any age, and with the holidays upon us, now is a great time to teach children about the importance of giving back.

Giving back is especially important around this time of year, and there are many easy opportunities to teach your kids how to contribute.

It may be daunting to think about how to even get started, but it's actually quite easy! It can be as simple as decorating placemats for a senior center, working at a soup kitchen to help serve a hot meal or helping to collect used clothing for homeless shelters (which you can deliver with your child to get the full effect of their charitable actions).

Before Thanksgiving, in my family, one of us goes to the post office and picks up "Dear Santa" letters to pass out to each adult in order to fulfill an under privileged child's Christmas wish. This, of course, has to be hush-hush in front of young believers in Santa.

Another great way to get kids involved this time of year is to get them helping to collect gently-used gloves, scarves and hats for homeless shelters. It's easy to do and will help others stay warm this season.

Remember, all it takes is a little effort and a few hours one afternoon to make a difference in someone's life! It's worth every second.