Giving of Yourself Starts Early


It’s never too early to talk to kids about giving to others.  According to many researchers, children begin to show genuine empathy around age two.  Not only do they show they can feel another person’s pain, they also make attempts to calm it.  As children get older empathy for another person can easily transition into a child’s willingness to give even more of themselves to someone in need.

Next week, November 28th, is the sixth year of #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday was started “to connect diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving.”  While we know that many young children and families may not be in a position to give financial support to others during the holiday season, there are so many other ways to participate in #GivingTuesday.   Here are just a few that are suggested at the #GivingTuesday website:

  • Ask your kids what they are thankful for and encourage them to say thank you by doing something kind for others.
  • Make a family challenge to have each family member do at least one act of kindness per day.
  • Hold a neighborhood year or back sale and donate the proceeds to an organization.
  • Use the Family Dinner Project toolkit to talk with your kids about giving back at a family dinner.  Work together to brainstorm ideas for how your family can help others.

Whatever you choose to do with your children and family this year, we hope your holiday season is filled with the joys of giving!