Teaching Children to Give. Does it Really Work?

As parents, we always hope that even a fraction of what we teach our children resonates with them, stays with them, and that one day, might return to us in action so that we know they were listening. Because...validation.

I share this story not to boast about my child. I share this story to celebrate that introducing giving to our children, works. IT WORKS. When we consciously bring giving in to our lives, IT WORKS. And it changes all of us.

The other day, a friend of mine gave Milo four quarters. After a not-so-subtle suggestion, he gave two to his little sister, Luna. As we were riding the packed subway elevator up to the street level at the end of a long day, I quietly asked him if he was going to put his quarters in his givingJAR or his piggy bank. Milo is not known for speaking in a hushed voice, so his loud response went something like this.

"I am going to put both quarters in my givingJAR so that there's more money in it so we can buy more stuff for people who don't have any and need things." Be still my heart. I snuggled him in closely.

There was an audible, collective gasp. Joy all around.

A woman next to him smiled widely said, "You should bottle that right now and keep that with you forever."

A man behind me said, "Wow. Really wow...now that's the best thing I've heard all day." Isn't that the truth!

It works, guys. Stick with it!

Happy Giving!

Milo, 4 1/2 years old!

Milo, 4 1/2 years old!