Teaching Our Children About Giving

By | January 5, 2014

Almost everyone agrees it is a positive value to give to those less fortunate them ourselves.

It is better to give than to receive

It is better to give than to receive

It therefore follows that any value that we hold dear is one that we wish to impart to the next generation. Parents, and society as a whole, believe there is more to life for students than being surrounded all day by classroom furniture. Here is how one person involved in teaching children about giving puts it:

“As a parent, you have an obligation to use special occasions to instill the importance of giving in your children, and then support them in those projects,” explained Art Taylor, CEO of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Special occasions such as holidays and birthdays are an excellent time to put an extra emphasis on giving, but the rest of the year should be punctuated by continuous charitable behavior. And giving is not only good for those on the receiving end. It is quite the opposite. Much of the benefits of giving are experienced by the giver, such as a rise in self-esteem, the development of social skills and an introduction to the greater world which can help them appreciate their own lives more.