Lead By Example: Teaching Children to be Givers & A Giveaway.

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Teaching your children to be givers is one of those lead by example parenting lessons.

You can’t expect your children to really buy into the whole share-because-it’s-the-right-thing-to-do-even-though-it’s-hard philosophy if they never experience you doing it.

Because it’a a hard sell, right?

It’s tough to even convince your preschooler that he needs to share his toys with his brothers, let alone with faceless, nameless strangers he’s never met.  Because sharing doesn’t feel that great until you break it down in your mind and really get up in it, and kids don’t do that until they are way older.  Or never.

Even adults struggle with the whole shun-greed-and-be-selfless thing.  Probably because their parents weren’t awesome at it.  But also because it’s just hard.

Hard.  Hard.  Hard.

It takes practice.

Let me help you practice.  And be a giving role model for your children by helping me, Con Agra, and a bunch of other trying-not-to-be-greedy-for-the-sake-of-the-kids people.

5 Ways You Can Help Fight Child Hunger

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1.  Use my widget fool.  Just kidding.  I loved Mr. Tee.  And, you’re not a fool as long as you’ll use my widget, you’re a super smart, extra gorgeous, fabulously amazing human who is just looking for an easy way to help others.  I got you.  Use the widget (quick how to: grab your ConAgra Foods purchases and enter the code from them into the widget.  ConAgra Foods will gift a meal for each code you enter.)

2.  Watch a video.  ConAgra Foods will also donate a meal for every view they get on their video featuring Chris O’Donnel (that’s right, Robin uses his super powers to fight child hunger too).  You can earn a meal by watching the video here: How to Inspire Your Children to Help Fight Hunger.

3.  Find a local Food Bank and work it.  I volunteered at the food bank in my town.  It was like working at store for a couple of hours only everyone there was really polite.  No one complained, no one got an attitude because the line was too long, no one hoarded samples, and no one tried to write a check.  Sure the food at the food bank was free, but even when it’s not I think personal checks should be banned from retail use.  Just sayin’.

4.  Organize a canned food drive.  With your school.  Or your sports team.  Or your church.  Make a canned good donation a condition of event entry.  Or the way to win a prize.  And yes, it’s perfectly okay to bribe people in the name of ending child hunger (see below, it’s about to go down).

5.  Use your words.  And your Facebook account.  Social media can do awesome things.  It can build brand awareness.  Make someone with no other true skills famous.  And even change the world.  It can also help end childhood hunger (you know, circuitously, by building awareness).  So spread the word via your channels.  Your friends might even appreciate an update that ISN’T about how awesome your kid is at rolling over  using the potty  hitting homeruns every single thing ever.  Check out Feeding America for ways to share.

Ready for the bribery giveaway?!

I’m giving away a $40 gift card and an autographed poster of Torri Kelly (yep, if you’re obsessed with watching Suit & Tie covers on YouTube or the proud owner of a teen girl you might know who this is without Googling her) to one lucky person.  It would be awesome if you’d use the whole $40 to buy food to donate to your local food bank, but you could also buy shoes and I’d be okay with it.  We don’t judge.

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  1. Dorrie Turner says

    I teach my child to show kindness for others, whether donating usuable items from their rooms, volunteering for projects with the girl scouts, or just listening to someone or making them smile, not only helps someone else, it makes you feel good too.

  2. says

    I have them pick a angel off the angel tree during xmas so they can purchase a toy for, also I tell them to help out someone in need makes your heart grow bigger with love.

  3. Becky Richied says

    this is a big issue in my house at the moment, I keep giving and helping family by letting them stay with me and my daughters do nothing but wish they were gone, I don’t understand why that even in their frustrations they can’t understand that they should help. I try to get them to do by example.

  4. Tara says

    The best way is to show them by example. Give what you can. Money, items, food, or just your time if that’s all you can do.

  5. amelinda says

    I am only a stepmom, but before we go back to school shopping we go through everyone’s closet and find bags of clothes and toys to donate, because someone else might need them even if they don’t like them anymore. It’s not a perfect philosophy, but we at least talk about people who are much more in need than we are.

  6. Julia says

    We pack extra treats for their buddy at daycare, and pretend their dolls are in social situations including sharing. They’re pretty little yet (11 mo and 3). :)

  7. Tina says

    I love that your promoting to help feed the hungry, so many people are unaware of how hungry so many are.
    I have taught my son(now a teenager) that givingg is better than receiving. We donate to our local post office’s food drive quite often.

  8. Amber says

    We always contribute to the local food bank through our church. Our church adoptes families for thanksgiving and xmas also, my kids like hearing how the food we buy will make someone’s holiday a little better.

  9. angelaa Weeks says

    We teach our dude and dudett to give back by having them regularly go through their stuff and donate it to GoodWill or other resale shops or homeless shelters. We also fo volunteer work helping raise food and clothing for thoses in need and our troop of Airmen that our school has adopted. The dude and dudette have also seen me give directly to homeless or needy folks on the side of the road. My Dudette is also working on giving by this week by working at the school during this week of teacher in service to help the teachers prepare their classrooms for the start of school comming next monday. She will be working close to 40 hrs doing this this week!

  10. Jennifer says

    We make a mind blowingly awesome gingerbread house every year to be auctioned off for $$ for Buckner’s Children’s Home in Texas every December. I let the boys pick the theme. Last year we did an Angry Bird Nativity and “Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” the year before.
    And we donate gifts to needy kids in their own classes (anonymously). It makes it more personal for them and lets them also see how blessed they really are.

    BTW, I feel for you on the little dude. Your pic made me tear up. Hang in there, chica ;) When I dropped the twins off for kindergarten 3 yrs ago I could barely walk to the car and it took me 2 weeks to get straight with it. But…..this year we start homeschooling! Ya, I’m nutz, but we are all so excited!

  11. Jessie L. says

    We always assist our elderly neighbor by shoveling (rarely snows but…), bringing them the paper if they are ill, giving them a share of our garden, and every Easter we bring a lily and Christmas a poinsettia. Small things but the girls love it! The girls sold some of their toys and donated the money to various walks we participate in. As a Brownie leader that is the main focus of our group. We have gone to the soup kitchen, helped with our local Christian Mission, collected household items for both the Pregnancy Center and also our local Goodwill. There is a homeless man and however you feel about the ones that beg at the off ramps I can’t go by without giving him something. Water, a protein bar, and most recently I bought gift cards from McD’s (I know real healthy) and give those. My children make me walk the walk on giving back because I want to lead by example. BTW, this mama really does need some new shoes lol :)

  12. says

    We always go through our clothes and toys to give to other kids. They love the idea and get excited to get rid of things they are no longer using.

  13. Kelly R says

    This feels like “tooting my own horn” because one of the things teach my girls is that even if no one sees you do a good deed, God is taking notes. So, yes, we stop & help strangers with their groceries, or let people go ahead of us in the checkout, or take clothes & shoes & toys to the Kidney Foundation several times a year, or give extra tickets to the next people in line at Chuck E Cheese, or sharing our fresh eggs with families we know that are in need. Every little thing is making a difference in someone’s life. I want these choices to be second nature to my kids, instead of them making a tally of their acts of kindness as if they are keeping score.

  14. says

    i have always shown my 5 kids how to be nice to others and share and give .all 5 of them have a great big heart they would give their shirt off their back in a heart beat,they make me proud.

  15. Tammie M says

    I teach my children about giving and helping the less fortunate. We donate food and clothing and we always do the Angel Tree.

  16. liz G says

    I give dollars to my kids to give to homeless folks whdn we are out and about. I explain to them that we can’t control what they do with the money, but it is the right thing to do to help them if we are able.

  17. Jennifer Rdgz. says

    I always have them donate stuff that don’t use to those who are in a worse situation then we are.

  18. AMIEjO says

    that was smooth…. I help my kids learn how to give back by making sure they are involved whenever I am. Volunteering at school or at church. They have sign ups every other month at church for volunteers to clean the whole bldg. We sign up and we take the kids, which most parents don’t do, and every time we go they are excited. They call cleaning the windows or taking out the trash like you would call shotgun on a road trip. They want to do it. When we have some extra cash and see people on the street we give them what we can. We even roll down the kids windows and let them do it. We were on a road trip once and stopped for gas and some people were there and had run out of gas. We didn’t have any cash to give them so we gave them what was left of our picnic of PB&J that day and the REST of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies we had made for our trip. The people we gave it to were so happy for it and my kids were sad about no more homemade cookies but they were happy we gave them to someone in need. Every year when its time to make room for new Christmas or birthday toys I make them get rid of older stuff. It goes to charity and they know its going to charity so they are happier to give their stuff away. Some kids don’t have toys they say so they are more willing I think. AND they are a part of the process. I do NOT just clean their stuff out by myself, they have to help and it helps them learn how to make decisions too.

  19. AMIEjO says

    Great idea! and that’s nice that Con Agra is helping out like that. Aaaannnnddd you aren’t the only one that loves JT videos on youtube. I do not have a teenage girl but my husband and I have decided, much to our teenage boys chagrin, that we DO like JT. His songs are pretty good.

  20. says

    Way to go! We’ve been having them give back every year, especially at Christmas, but other times like making sandwiches for the food bank by teaching them that there are others with less than us. They totally get it and are appreciative of what they have.

    Recently, we also asked for donations at our kids birthdays (like $1-$2) to give to charity instead of gifts, too.

  21. Julia Lapeze says

    For years, I ran a food drive at our school and every Xmas we work with the City’s Adopt-a-Family program to help provide groceries and gifts to less fortunate. This cause is so near and dear to our hearts!!

    Lapeze Family
    So Calif.

  22. says

    My Hubs and I are volunteer CCD teachers and we also encourage our children to be active in the church, as well as showing theor friends how much better life is when you give

  23. says

    I have taught my daughter that it is better to give then receive. Each year she has a lemonade stand and some of the proceeds that she make are used to buy school supplies for the homeless.

  24. Vanessa Buhler-Rice says

    Good job, Dude Mom. Another great way to use the $40 gift card is to buy some yummies for a get-together with friends, and ask all who attend to bring donations to the event! You’ll not only spread the word and have some great fellowship, but you’ll probably get much more than $40 worth of food to take to the food bank.

  25. Sherry Compton says

    My husband and I started at Christmas when our kids were little. I would take them to the angel tree and let them each pick a child to buy for for Christmas. It grew from there. Soon we were buying for several kids and helping out organizations. Now, my daughter even searches for coupons and deals to buy things for organizations and food pantries. There are so many needs out there. Animals, children, homeless, senior citizens. You don’t realize that buying cheap toothbrushes and toothpaste at the drugstore on a great sale can really help out at an emergency shelter.