Mommy Monday: Teaching Kids about Giving

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Teaching your kids how to give during this holiday season is the best gift you can give them.

Here are some tips on giving from familyeducation.com:

1. Remember the 2 G's: Gratitude and Giving.
You can't have one without the other. This gives kids a chance to help others is how they learn to appreciate what they have.

2. Giving doesn't begin and end with charity work
For example: keeping a bird feeder filled throughout the winter. These small acts of kindness are forms of giving that send the same message to children as a trip to a soup kitchen.

3. Let kids decide how to give.
Your five-year-old may want to donate more money to the zoo so that the lions will have a bigger supper.

4. Be concrete
Dropping coins into a collection box can indeed make a difference, but most young children, rooted in concrete thinking, can't understand where the money goes beyond the pail.

5. Give non-material gifts
Making donations is a wonderful way to give, but children can make a valuable contribution just by spending time talking with an elderly neighbor.

And, as always, if you are looking for parenting information or just fun family topics you can go to momseveryday.com.


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