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

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.

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