Mindful giving is an important part of a child's development. Since children play the role of receivers for much of their younger years, it is not often that much is asked of them in return. Through the engagement with the process of giving, kids can discover what this type of sharing means in respect to their self-identity, connection to others and community, and their perceived impact of their action on someone or something else.
Mindful giving is distinct from checking a name off a list or signing a card someone else has written-up to mail out. It involves processing and putting thought into why we give, how we give, and openly looking at the ways in which we can give, even if the ideas might be "out of the box." Giving our attention and delegating focus to something in line with our values is a way to share ourselves meaninfgully.
Some tried, tested and truly do-able ideas!
Selecting a charity together.
Children love to explore and share causes and charities that they know about and/or feel connected to. Whether it is a cancer research society or animal rights cause, children enjoy knowing that they are directly helping a cause they feel excited about.
Connect to a nursing home in your neighborhood or a Self-Help facility (they are located in many communities), and find out if they would be interested in participating in receiving winter-packages for their interested residents. Create an event in the school or your home in which children are involved in making them from scratch.
Remain mindful that whenever donating items or goods, it can be met with a variety of responses - some are happy to receive and others would rather not participate in receiving this way. When connecting with organizations, be sensitive to this and obtain consent for participation.
“It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” (Khalil Gibran)
The gift of shared time is sometimes the best of all. You might want to connect with a community organization, hospital, nursing home, school or assisted living facility (just a few ideas). For some individuals who are bound to their home or living space (for a variety of reasons), a visit and friendly smile lasts longer than any physical donation or sum of money ever could.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a beautiful read and a "must" to any home library. It is an all-time favorite book from childhood and a great way to share about the joy of giving. Take a look.
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