Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Children and Giving



I was talking on the phone with my daughter today about how important her job is in raising compassionate, loving, respectful and educated children so they grow into successful, respectful, loving, caring,  well rounded young men and adults.
The conversation turned to charity and teaching them to appreciate all that they have because there are so many less fortunate. We talked of donating a few hours time to a local church to box holiday dinners for the needy. I told her how great it made me feel last year to do just that. I expressed how wonderful  it would be to teach Jake this year that volunteering a little of his play time on a Saturday would help other families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. I also suggested that she  take him shopping to pick out a Turkey and have him put a box together as a donation from the family.
When Jake was 5 years old, Jen started teaching him about giving to those in need. She taught him that in order to make room for all the new toys he would be recieving from Santa and family for Christmas and birthdays, he would have to go through his older toys and give them to the children that didn't have any. This was pretty confusing to a 5 year old and out came the questions.
Isn't Santa supposed to bring all the little boys and girls new toys on Christmas? Is it because they were naughty? Don't their Mommys, Daddys, Grandmas and Grandpas buy them toys when it's their birthday? Well, Jacob, it's not because they were naughty; its just that, sometimes, even Santa needs our help to make sure every boy and girl gets toys and even Mommys & Daddys need a little help too! Some Mommys and Daddy's don't have jobs, or they don't make enough money, and it's very hard for them to buy anything more than food to eat and clothes to wear. Sometimes, they need help from others like us. Mommy has a good job, and we have a nice home with lots of food to eat, and you have lots of toys to play with, so we try to help the others that don't. Do you understand? Yes mommy, I want to give this toy to the little boy that doesn't have one because it's really fun, and I know he will  like it. 
Three years later, 8-year old Jake graciously goes through his toys and boxes them up for the less fortunate every year. He has recently taken some of his smaller toys to donate to the treasure box at school so others can enjoy playing with them. Just the other day, he asked Jen if he could send something to the Marines. Jen said, "to the Marines? What do you want to send to the Marines?" Jake said, "You know, like a movie and things they need." Jen replied, "Wow! Yeah buddy we can do that." =) 
I am just so proud of him for sharing and caring and of her for what she has taught him.

What are you teaching your children and grandchildren about giving?

10 comments:

Gwen said...

Hi, I'm a new follower from "thursday connect cafe". Have a good thursday!

Jennifer said...

This is so sweet!

I thought I was already following you, I just fixed that.

Jill Flinton said...

New follower from Thumbing Thursday! What an awesome message that Jake learned at a very young age. Kids have an amazing capacity to understand and help others.

Jill @ And Life Goes On...

legalizedfrostitution said...

Awww that is really sweet. It is never too early to start teaching our kids charity... Good job!

Jo Lane said...

Hello! I am your newest follower! Cute blog! I am following from the blog hop and hoping you'll follow back :)

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Lynn said...

This is a great post. Children learn from what they see us do not what we tell them to do...good read.

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

Hi there! Such a great post ~ we try to work with our kids about being thankful and giving too, and especially this time of the year. Over from the hop and now following you. Excited to read more. Hoping you'll be able to follow me, maybe? :) Have a great day!

GrandmaSally said...

Thank you all for following =) I've returned the gesture and look forward to reading your posts. Have a great day!

Sarah Cathey said...

I am so glad to hear that this pays off in the end! I worry that my little one (she's 6 now) won't get it later.. I make her go through hers at Christmas and birthdays too and she seems to understand but there are times when she's not agreeing still lol Found you through Thumping Thursdays and so glad I did~! kitskorner.com

Heidi Lyn Burke said...

We just went shopping for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox stuffing today and I love the questions my four-year-old asks about where her box is going and who will get it.
Heidi @
typativemamacat.com

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