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Five Ways to Teach Children About the Needs of Others
Posted By Web Team On October 30, 2013 @ 12:37 am In Sponsors and Donors | 1 Comment
When our daughter Hailey was 5 she asked, “Are we rich or poor?” At the time, we actually had little in comparison with what’s often expected in our culture.
But we also knew that how we answered her question would leave a lasting impression on her sense of abundance.
my wife said,
“We have everything we need. We have people who love and care for us. We have good food to eat, good things to learn, and fun places to go. Yes, we are very rich.”
Appreciating the abundance we’ve been given can help us and our children gain a perspective that empowers us to live generously.
Here are a few steps parents can take to help their kids develop a sense of abundance and generosity.
“What is one thing you are grateful for today?”
Every few months we also do round of “affirmations” and have everyone share one thing they appreciate about each person in our family.
“Dad, I don’t think we should call our friends who live outside “homeless.” They have a home; it’s just on the sidewalk.”
He was learning important lessons about seeing each person with the dignity they have as beloved children of God.
These are not concerns with easy solutions, but the gospel invites us to use our creativity and intelligence to pray and seek God’s will to be done on Earth as in heaven.
This is why I regularly explore two questions with my kids:
“Who are you, and how has God made you to be of use in the world?”
We try to help our kids see how their interests in science, literature and musical theater can be used to bring healing and hope. We can be generous with our money, but even more, we can instill in our kids a sense of destiny, to be generous with their whole lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Scandrette  is author of FREE : Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice in San Francisco and is an ambassador for Compassion in universities and churches.
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