How many times have you been to the store and heard children saying:
We are raising children in a world of entitlement. A generation of children who often believe that they deserve everything. Kids and adults don’t seem to want to help other people unless they get something in return. People aren’t as friendly as they used to be, even in the retail world where their job is to help others!
I say hog wash.
I am trying to be different, and trying to teach my kids to be different also. I want others to see Christ’s love in us, and wonder why we are different! I want to raise children who want to give back. I want to raise children who want to serve others. I want to raise a giver. Here’s how I am striving to raise a giver and how you can to!
The best way to raise a giver is to model giving. You can do this on your own or with your children. Here are some ways that you can model giving.
Be a coupon fairy! I actually like doing this, and finding these! If you have a coupon that you know will expire before you use it, or you know you will not need, pass it on! You can leave the coupon on top of the item in the store. The next person to buy that item will enjoy the unexpected money saved! Get the kids involved by having them look for the items at the store.
Give stuff away! If you or your kids are not going to use it, why not give it to someone who you know needs it? This could be furniture, bedding, jackets, kid’s clothes or toys, anything that you know you do not need. The homeless shelter is a great place to donate items to, but many times there could be a need in your church or neighborhood. Yes, it is great to have a yard sale and get some extra cash. But, if someone has a need now-it is even better to be a blessing!
Buy someone’s dinner. We were on the receiving end of this before! One day we were out to eat with the kids and our waitress came over and told us that another customer had chosen to pay our bill. We were shocked, and considered it such a blessing. If you have the funds this is a great way to bless others!
Bake Treats for Others–Christmas is also a great time to bake treats for those in those in your church who are homebound, for neighbors you want to bless, or community service individuals you want to thank.
Buy Gifts for Others–Have your child pick a name from an “angel tree” and purchase gifts. Pack a box for Operation Christmas Child! Purchase a few new toys and donate them to a local cause that may be collecting for local children in need.
So, want to raise a giver? First you must model giving! Then, find a way for you and your children to give back to your community together.