This season sparks frequent questions around giving and receiving and life lessons to share with children and grandchildren. Many have reached out asking questions of how families can strengthen their muscles of generosity and empathy in this season of giving - especially this year. Here are a few ideas that are simple, and yet impactful.
- Give your children or grandchildren a set amount of money to donate; discuss their passions; and let them direct the giving.
- Enlist kids' help with a virtual fundraiser, food drive, or adopt a family or senior.
- Make donations in honor of friends and family in lieu of gifting things.
- Share stories of your joyful giving and volunteering.
- Read and gift books that inspire generosity and empathy.
If you're interested in learning more about strengthening the family giving muscle year round, take a listen to this podcast with Lisa Parker, granddaughter of Lawrence Welk and Executive Director of his named Foundation. She shares her advice on how to meaningfully engage children in philanthropy. I love how she says, "philanthropy is a critical piece of a child's well being." I couldn't agree more.