4 Ways Parents
Can Turn The “Gimme Season”
Into the “Giving
Season” For Children & Teens
face it, Christmas in America sure seems to be a lot more about “gimme,
gettin’, and greed” than “generosity, giving, and gratefulness.” So, as
parents, what can we do to help raise generous kids not only at
Christmas but year around?
experience raising my three children, here’s 4 E’s that can help you
have some practical ways you can raise generous kids.
Before Christmas a number of years ago I asked our kids, "Whose birthday
is it? Who should get the biggest presents?" They answered it was
Jesus’ birthday and He should get the biggest presents. But they asked,
“how can we give birthday presents to Jesus?” I explained to them that
when we give gifts to the lonely and the least, we are giving "birthday
presents" to Jesus. So, we started something in our family that has now
become a Christmas tradition. In our family, on Christmas eve after our
kids open up their presents we give each of our kids an envelope with
hundreds of dollars and a list of "approved" needy people ,
organizations, or projects. Each child has the choice of where they
want the money in their envelope to go so they can help give birthday
presents to Jesus. Each child then explains to the rest of the family
where they gave the money and why. In addition to Christmas, you can
also include acts of generosity in other events throughout the year by
being intentional. For a kid’s birthday party, have everyone bring a
non-perishable food item that can be given to a food pantry to serve the
needy. At Thanksgiving, invite foreigners to join you for Thanksgiving
dinner. In our family, we normally have 20+ people from 5-10 countries
at our house for Thanksgiving. When you tie acts of generosity into
major events during the year, the message of giving gets imprinted onto
your children’s hearts, minds, and memories.
Give each of your children 3 envelopes and have the draw/design their
own envelopes for Giving, Savings, and Spending. Whenever they get any
money, the money is divided into the three envelopes to help shape their
understanding of the three primary purposes of money. We started this
practice when our children were preschoolers and is still happening now
that our kids our teenagers. Our national research shows that many
adults who are faithful and generous givers to religious/charitable
causes started this practice when they were living at home.
your children to help feed the homeless at Thanksgiving or Christmas, go
on an overseas trip to help the needy, or be a Secret Santa to a family
at Christmas leaving presents for a needy family front door, ringing the
doorbell, and hurrying away before they come to the door. When my
oldest son turned 13 I took him on a 3 week trip in four countries in
Eastern Europe. Because of this experience, he has gone back to Romania
to help serve poor gypsy families for five weeks over the summer and
four months during the school year.
It is important to expose your yourself and your family to the
Scriptures on generosity/finances and to your personal financial
practices. I wrote the
40 Day book that has 450,000 copies in print and is being translated
into over 40 foreign languages. But before it was a bestseller, it was
a Kinkos-printed document that I gave to every family in my church to
read together around the kitchen table at breakfast or dinner. One day
we were going through one of the worksheets with our children about what
organizations we gave money to. Our 7 year old stopped us and said,
“Dad, if we didn’t give $1000 to that camp, do you know how many more
video camps you could buy me?!” I explained to my 7 year old that in
our family the most exciting thing we do is give to help others and that
we would never want to buy a $1000 in video games. This was a teachable
moment for my 7 year old that none of us has ever forgotten.
these 4 E’s in place, you will be headed in the right direction to
raising generous, giving, and grateful kids that will likely turn into
generous, giving, and grateful adults!
THE AUTHOR: BRIAN KLUTH is known as “America’s
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other experts can talk one facet of giving, Brian is a
multifaceted leading authority on generosity with experience as
a media guest, national researcher, bestselling author and
writer, and radio host. His generosity work or interviews have
been featured on all the major TV networks, thousands of radio
stations, magazines, and major newspapers. Brian also
practices generosity by living on a 5-figure salary but giving
6-figures to charitable causes and to encourage greater
generosity across the United States and around the world.
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