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
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.
*Today’s post is being brought to you by ConAgra Foods and the Motherhood. Please take a moment to respond to this brief survey about childhood hunger.