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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Establishing Christian Parenting: Giving

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:12 PM

I want and no is usually the normal conversation a parent has with their toddler, but a Christian parent should have another conversation as well. Christian parent's are bound by the Word of God to teach their child(ren) lesson's in giving. Instead of conversation's ladened with I want's and no's turn the negatives into positive's with I will's and yeses.

Throughout your life you've heard the saying more than a hundred times, "It's better to give than receive." Now, you are responsible for teaching your child the true meaning of the saying. Because you want to start when your child is a toddler keep things simple so they will understand.

I recommend first, teach your child to give at Sunday School and church. Tithing is a great way to begin to teach about giving. Remember, keep it simple. A small amount is fine to start off with, then as your child get's older let them decide to increase the amount they give.

Second, when you are out with your child at a restaurant you may notice charity boxes. Encourage your child to deposit loose change. This will begin a great habit of giving without asking.

Monetary giving is a great way to help, but also teach your child there are other ways to give. Teach your child to give back to the community, to the poor and needy and to serve the Lord with an open heart.

As a Christian parent you can turn I want into I will with positive nudges in the right direction. Positive nudges will last a lifetime and teach your child to be a giver instead of a taker.

For further resources I recommend Teaching Children to Give by Children's Pastor Leslie Bienz, First Coast Christian Center. This website list what to do and not to do. Also, a great book to study with your child is Giving: A Bible Study Wordbook for Kids by: Richard E. Todd.

To get an early start in the giving process why not start with Shoe Box Ministries. This is a great learning tool and not only will your child learn the importance of giving, but they will learn a valuable lesson.

How does your family practice giving? Do your teach your child to tithe, help at a homeless shelter or the needy?


DanielleCorrelle on February 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM said...

Giving is so important! :)
Stopping by and following from Bloggy Moms. Have a great day!

Elisabeth Hirsch on February 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM said...

I need to remember to keep it positive. Awesome advice ;)

I'm following.


Kel on February 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM said...

I love this post. I work on this everyday with my children. So far, they are very giving to others in their community and church. Now if I could only get them to get along with each other. :)

Dawn on February 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM said...

Trying to comment again...I do like this post. My 5 year old is at the me me I want I want stage and I'm trying to enforce its the giving that matters, not getting.
Thanks for this reminder!

missykade on February 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM said...

Thanks for stopping by Lucas's Journey w/SPD. Following you back and can't wait to read more of your blog : )

Joey Espinosa on February 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM said...

Great principles. Here's something I wrote in response to a question from a friend (and fellow parent), about teaching kids to be generous. It definitely needs to start in the heart for it to be something real and lasting.


Freebies Mom on February 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM said...

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Practical Parenting on February 13, 2011 at 11:55 PM said...

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