This has been one of the first years where our family was really been able to give back. It feels so good to be able to give back, even if it’s just a little here and there. More importantly though, I want my girls to really know that feeling too.
We make a conscious effort to talk to them about how and when we give back, and as they get older I hope they will want to give back to others just as much.
How do you teach your children about giving?
Here are just a few ideas that you can help you encourage your family to give back to others.
1. Talk about giving. Tell your kids which causes you’re supporting this year and why. Better yet, make the choice together. Or give each child a portion of what you plan to donate this year and allow him or her to choose the charity.
2. Read books about giving. Try The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, I Can Make a Difference by Julie and Amanda Sexson or a selection from Learning to Give’s Annotated Bibliography of Children’s Literature.
3. Volunteer together. Whether serving a meal at a soup kitchen or lending a hand at an animal shelter, volunteering helps kids learn compassion – and it’s a great way for families to spend time together. Check with your child’s school, your religious institution, a local Boys & Girls Club or The Volunteer Family for project ideas.
4. Encourage routine volunteering. Contributing regularly to an organization they choose can be meaningful, showing kids that they have the power to make a difference. This is especially true for teens. Support them by providing transportation or extra allowance for expenses, if needed.
5. Do something fun, like cooking or an art project. Even very young children can make cards for senior center residents or help you bake a tasty treat for a neighbor. These are perfect ways to have fun while thinking about others.
- Visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for even more ways, to teach about giving back.
The Boys & Girls Club of America marks its second annual Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign – to encourage families to give during the holiday season.
They have a couple of fun ways for you and your family to participate. You can play the free Giving Game until December 31st. Playing equals giving, because every time a player wins, a donation will be made to a Boys & Girls Club.
You can also vote in the Kids Give Back photo contest, in which the winning Club will receive a $2,500 grant from BGCA.
Big or small, encourage your family to give!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.