Giving Tuesday 2013

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Giving Tuesday 2013

Knowing that today is Giving Tuesday is a Silver Lining start to the day! Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had plenty of days focused on shopping with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” but now it’s time for the feel good day…”Giving Tuesday”.

I believe that it’s incredibly important to teach children about philanthropy early in life. By the time children turn 3, they begin to understand and respect the fact that each and every person has feelings. Therefore, children can begin to develop a sense of compassion which is the foundation of charitable thinking. Sweetly Six did her first service projects while she was in preschool.

Giving back has always been a core value of our family. We talk the talk and then walk the walk. I believe that it is incredibly important to lead by example. In fact, this week, Sweetly Six and I are going to begin volunteering on a regular basis with the Santa Barbara FoodBank.

Teaching children about philanthropy, i.e., learning about giving and helping others gives children a feeling of empowerment and healthy sense of compassion. It also cultivates an an attitude of gratitude. How are those for win-win Silver Linings?

If you’re a little stumped on where/how to begin with the children in your life, there is a super cool website that I’ve recently come across that I loooove. It’s called Learning to Give. It provides philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement.

Additionally, the #GivingTuesday website offers boatloads of ideas for giving back and getting involved. It’s really great. Here is the direct link: http://givingtuesday.org/

 

 

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