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How are you teaching your children the habit of giving this christmas?

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we lecture our children on giving, yet portray a life of miserliness, there is little chance that our children will learn that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” If our children will be able to learn to outgrow their selfishness, they must see our giving. Yet, not all giving is created equal.

Here is what we are going to do. We will walk the kids through the reality of society. I am taking them to a homeless shelter tomorrow. I have baked enough and more cookies to give away. We also have gently used clothes and toys, that we will take and we will give them away.

Some great articles on how to teach kids to give back:

http://fun.familyeducation.com/holidays/christmas/29608.html


http://christmas.organizedhome.com/celebrate/teaching-children-give

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/812802/6-ways-to-teach-kids-to-give-at-christmas

Happy holidays everyone, enjoy!

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