For quite a while now I've been trying to think of a way to teach our kids about giving, particularly at this time of year when kids are naturally fixated on wanting.
I remember when I was young, whenever a natural disaster happened in the world, my parents would put a mug on the shelf and say, "Whatever you kids want to put in that mug to donate, we will match that amount." That gave us such a sense of power. Whatever we put in was going to be doubled! Knowing that our actions had an impact on those in need felt like having a real super power. We were small but could still make a difference in the world.
Now that we have kids I want to give them that same feeling, that feeling of knowing you have the power to help others. I want them to have the desire to help others, not just because it is the right thing to do but because they feel the need and want to do it deep down.