Sunday, March 6, 2011
When You Give, You Get
Here are some ways to teach your child about giving:
When you give , you get... Help your child identify with their feelings and emotions when they practice giving.
It's win-win emotionally. When you give to others, it makes you feel good.
When you get, be grateful... When your child is a recipient of a gift or gesture, teach them what it means to
be grateful for the things they get or when someone is kind to them. Help them identify with how
that makes them feel. This will help them have compassion for others they are helping.
Do unto others... Teach your children the old saying, "do unto others as you would want done unto you."
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Teach them how to walk in someone else's shoes. This
teaches them empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Help them identify
with their own feelings when they are mad, sad or happy.
What's going to work? Teamwork.. Creating a team of givers makes the act of giving more fun and
rewarding when they can share it with others. Gather your family or have them lead a gaggle of their
friends to do some community service.
Every little bit counts... No matter how small the act of giving is, it makes a difference. Helping someone
pick something up or taking out the garbage still has an impact and is the act of giving of yourself.
Teach your child that we don't always get recognized for our acts of giving but it is still important.
Sometimes it is most effective when we anonymously give to another. It is a difficult thing to do but
but what a powerful secret.
Be the example...As a parent, it is important for you to role model for your children the act of giving no
matter how big or small. Express your own emotions and feelings in certain situations like when you
are mad or sad or excited. Point out times when you are giving of yourself. Find an activity that your
whole family can participate in together that involves the act of giving like adopting a family, going
to a food kitchen, helping someone elderly or helping each other clean up the yard in the Spring.
The act of giving of yourself, sacrificing, is a powerful character builder. It helps us feel compassion, empathy and gratefulness. Give of yourself "Just Because".