Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Posted by Debra Ann 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?