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Mentoring A Child On Giving

Updated on February 13, 2014
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Parents love to give their children gifts. The expression on their child's face, the enthusiasm over the gift and the appreciation all make for a pleased and happy parent. When we give, we teach our children the value of giving from the heart.

However, many times we tend to give without considering the affect it may have on a child's view of charity. As parents we provide our children the things that they need. Many times, it is as gifts given during special times such as birthdays, holidays and significant milestones. What we must remember is how the attitude and purpose behind the giving affects the child.

If we consistently provide our children the things they need and do not consider how they value the effort or cost, then we fail to mentor our children in the gift of charity. Granted, at times a gift should be simply a gift, but if we are to build character into a child, parents must weigh how certain gifts contribute to the child's perspective of giving and mentor them through the process of giving.

How Giving Benefits A Child

Physical needs of the receiver are met: A gift of physical meaning and purpose will help the child to fill a specific desire or build to the value of giving based upon a certain need. For instance, a comforter for their bedroom, which was a desired child's gift, indicates loving warmth. Defining the act will help them to understand the virtue of giving from the heart.

Spiritual needs of giver and receiver are realized: A gift can help both parties to understand the concept of giving based upon faith. Giving is an act that indicates selfless love and one that tells a child that his desires and wants are important in completing the commandments given according to his or her beliefs. In the Christian faith, as in other faiths, the act of giving not only benefits the receiver but the giver, "they lavish gifts on the poor -- a generosity that goes on, and on, and on. An honored life! A beautiful life! . . . (Psalm 112: 7-10, MSG). Giving helps a child to consider others needs, to know the act of caring and empathy.

Relationships are built through the act of giving: If a child receives an item meaningfully connected to family history, parents should convey this as they give so that the child understands the significance of the gift. It will help them connect the importance of family in life. Additionally, giving will reinforce a link between the child and the giver which will strengthen as the years pass.

It will transforms lives: There are many lives changed today because of the unselfish, heart-motivated gift of love. A gift given without any ties or expectations of return from the receiver speaks volumes to a child. As an adult you can role model this in giving and watch how your child will want to do likewise. The result of experiencing "thankfulness" from another is so priceless!

Teaching The Virtue Of Charity/Giving

Engaging a child in the process of giving to those in need helps instill charity.
Engaging a child in the process of giving to those in need helps instill charity.
Writing a personal note to the receiver allows a child to share from the heart on giving.
Writing a personal note to the receiver allows a child to share from the heart on giving.
Encourage children to express themselves through drawings.  The gift is unmeasurable.
Encourage children to express themselves through drawings. The gift is unmeasurable.

Methods of Giving

There are various methods you can use to instill the act of giving or charity in a child. The act of giving is an abstract concept not easily defined with words when speaking to a child. Thus, the actual act will define it in "terms" they can understand. Remember that giving can be as simple as a smile, kind word or random deed to others. Also, catch those special moments when they freely give like this and express how much it meant to the receptor. Giving from the heart can fill an emotional, spiritual or physical need of another person and will only help to build character in both the giver and receiver.

The cost is not important but having a child use a portion of their allowance to purchase a small gift is very meaningful to the receiver, but above this it will enrich the child's attitude and view of giving a portion from their abundance to help someone else.

Another method is to have your children help you pick out gifts to give to someone in need. For example, we set aside a day this year to enlist the help of our grandchildren in picking out school supplies for needy children. They enjoyed helping fill a shopping basket with basic school supplies, fulfillnig another child's needs . They later spent the afternoon packing a bag, wrapping small gifts and filling out a card to the receiver of the package. It was something that gave them much joy and instilled a sense of charity in their character.

Here are some items they packed in the bag:

  • pencils
  • erasers (regular and novelty)
  • small notebook
  • stickers
  • glue
  • crayons
  • washable markers
  • child's scissors
  • pencil sharpener
  • small toys: car, doll, ball, bubbles

I know many parents who have their children help bake cookies, make crafts, or simple gifts during the holiday season to give to others in need. Some families take time to visit nursing homes and have children sing songs, read books or just chat with the the residents. The receiver is richly blessed by this simple act of charity (love).

Teaching your child that giving is a virtue will build long-lasting life values that will not only make a difference in your child's life but will transform others as well. Have you a special way of teaching your child the act of giving? Please mention them in the comments below so that others can benefit from your experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Obviously, Dianna, I am going to applaud this hub! A great reminder about giving and charity...it begins at home. Parents need to understand the message they are giving to their children. Very well written my friend.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Such an important topic, yet such a difficult concept for kids to understand. I loved the way that you laid out this hub. Great information for parents. I am going to link this hub to mine on volunteering for kids. Excellent job.

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      Tami Fite 4 years ago

      need more lessons on this for our youth! My own included.... this is very good, and timely -- thank you for your wisdom! Tami

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      For years, we have taken our children around to friends and neighbors at certain times of the year. We ask for donations of canned and non-perishable foods. We take these over to the local food bank. They always run out at holiday time. We also get given donations of money and we will buy turkeys with the money. The food bank has freezers that they put them in.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, I have to agree with Bill on this and applaud you for writing about giving begins in the home. As a parent, I am very diligent in teaching my girls their manners and how even doing the smallest thing can brighten another's day. This article very nicely portrays how to go about teaching your children just that and therefore I am in complete agreement. Have as always voted up and shared too!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, I appreciate your comment and visit here. You are, as always, a great validation on the hubs with your knowledge and experience. Charity does begin at home.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cardelean, the concept is hard for kids to grasp, but much easier to understand when they actually do the act of giving. Thanks for your feedback and support. Take care out there.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tami, teaching them in the home about charity/giving will make for great leaders in the community. You have the right idea on this.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Becky, what a great way to teach charity to your children. Hope more parents read your response and take note of it. Thanks for your add to the content. Be strong and well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, it those little acts of kindness and giving that mean so much to everyone. Your girls will certainly shine among their peers as they continue to grow!

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      I think this is so true. It starts with us, too.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      teaches - this is an absolute must read for all parents! I love the way you incorporate that not all giving is something tangible, but it can just be a smile, etc., how lovely. You are such a beautiful person, as one can tell from your heart. Thank you for giving us your gift of writing and sharing here on Hub Pages. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, this was such a good read and oh so true, I love the idea of children buying and then wrapping gifts for under priveledged children, the art of giving gives as much pleasure as recieving, and to teach our children this at an early age is such a right thing to do, I noticed you mentioned a comfort blanket, I think that is one of the most loving things a child can have, I know, I remember mine!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jellygator, yes, it does start with "you" and will spread to others as you role model it in life. Thanks for the insight and support.

      Faith, Awww, what a sweet comment! I so appreciate your feedback on the content and writing style. Gifts come in different styles and packages -- including a simple smile. Blessings.

      Nell, my mother made quilts to gift to her children and grandchildren -- they meant so much to all of us. Having a piece of her heart sewn into every stitch was so priceless. Thank you for reminding me of this thought. Blessings.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      I remember in school we used to always make presents for say Christmas or Valentines Day.

      I was fun and much more meaningful than something bought in the store.

      Great article full of useful idea's

      God bless you.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      What an important subject for a hub! Teaching children the importance of giving is so important in building strong character. Once children learn how wonderful it feels to give to others they are usually drawn to do this throughout their life. I remember my mother teaching me this at a young age when she brought in a family who didn't have running water to take a shower and freshen up in our home. That action by her instilled within me a desire to help others that I still have today. Voted up, interesting, and beautiful! Shared! Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Teacherjoe, I think my mom kept those home-made cards for years because they meant so much to her. And, as you say, it was fun making them for her. Thanks for your add here and take care out there. God be with you today.

      Kelley, what a wonderful example your mom gave you on charity. I love how children, like you, will pick up on this and develop an attitude of giving throughout their lives. Thanks for the support here. Blessings to you, dear friend.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very much needed hub and the world needs more of this! I think parents can only teach this virtue through a good example. Great thoughts!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This is an amazing hub, and can only be written by someone who is a sincere giver. Your heart was palpitating through your words with kindness, gratitude and guidance, teaches.

      What a great reminder for myself as a parent. I do like to give to my kids, because I do like to see their faces light up. But I also know the value of having my kids, also be givers to others, and work for things they really want.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful hub with great pictures that give the hub that extra something special. I agree with all your points here. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tammy, thanks for your positive support on the topic. True, parents can really set an example of giving to their child.

      Carly, you sound like you are also a caring person by your words here. Your children are blessed with such positive guidance.

      Karen, Thanks for your support and visit. I appreciate your feedback on the article. Have a great week.

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      Sturgeonl 4 years ago

      I think that teaching children the joy of giving is a precious gift. I always tried to show my children the power of sharing kind words and a smile. I also like to share the story "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It is a wonderful story that stretches the heart with a beautiful lesson on giving. Great hub and voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Sturgeonl, I appreciate your visit here. The Giving Tree is always a great book read in classrooms that help to teach the concept of giving. Thanks for the add to the content in mentioning the book.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I think this is a good and useful article . My children were exposed to charities through my and my wife's work. My daughter became a Job's Daughter and my son volunteered at the SF zoo as well as becoming a teacher's aid,

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Good to hear success stories on parental mentoring. Mhatter. It makes a parent proud! Thanks for your contribution on the topic, appreciate it much. Blessings.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      It is so important to teach a child to give. Lately, I have been trying to teach my 11-year-old son to give his time and be a little bit more self-sufficient. Tonight, I asked him to prepare hot dogs for the family, and he even served us beverages. He did such a lovely job. When Indonesia had the tsunamis, the kids made cookies to sell at my office, and the money we made went to Unicef.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Formosangirl! I glad to catch you just before heading to bed as you always encourage me in my writings. You have a very special young man in your home (and kids), keep up the good work. Thanks for reading this and commenting. BE well and safe.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thumbs UP! What a great reminder for all of us. As much as I can, I always teach my nephews and nieces the essence of giving to others.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown, keep up the mentoring on giving, you are developing some real leaders the world needs! Thanks for stopping by here. Be strong and well today.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A great reminder to us all, another beautiful hub - thank you and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      With 4 small children I am always trying to share the idea of sharing and giving. I worked with special needs children in a classroom setting and I know that they benefit from giving. Even my youngest daughter, 2, gets the concept and has what I would call the warm fuzzies from it.

      We have to keep doing this as they grow so giving will be part of their life.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Movie, thanks for your wonderful support here. Always great to see you stop in and contribute. Enjoy your day.

      LA, sounds like you are doing so much out there for children. What a blessing you are! Thanks for your visit and support here.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      teaches12345, excellent hub on an interesting subject. I think teaching children to give is a very important thing for parents and others to do - they never forget this when they are older either. My daughter still gives me little unexpected presents just because she wants to and it is so sweet (though I suppose she gets plenty in return) :o)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      The act of giving and the joy it brings is something very special and should be taught to kids. Children spending a little of their allowance for charity is a great idea. This will truly teach them giving in a true sense. Great hub, voted up.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I so agree with your perspective of giving esp to children. I try to do many things with my kid such as make b'fast for homeless 'cause he should know how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads.

      beautiful hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Charity begins at home . . . by example. So true. Well done hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jools, I agree on your thoughts of still giving back when you are grown. It is something that if taught early, they will continue to hold this virtue and extend it to others.

      Vellur, you have added to the hub content regarding the allowance. A portion should always be set aside for savings and charity. It teaches a child to budget.

      Ruchira, I applaud your teaching charity to your son by feeding the homeless. He is going to be a real community leader!

      Victoria, role modeling any good virtue is always taken to heart when it starts at home. Thanks for the add to the content.

      Thanks everyone for stopping by here. I enjoy your visits and appreciate your support. Be strong, well and safe.

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      Vivian Sudhir 4 years ago from Madurai, India

      It is so self explanatory and yet so comforting to read those words. I do hope you keep up the good work.

      As for me, I will continue to read your hubs.

      snerfu

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      So very true teaches! Too often we forget this art of giving and our children suffer for it. We are trying to teach our daughter, but sometimes it's hard.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I just love these hubs! I bookmark every one. We raised our son who is a very happy and fulfilled young man; and is soon to become a father himself. I plan on re-reading and sharing these wonderful hubs when our grandchild arrives. Thank you! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Snerfu, your words are greatly rewarding. Thanks for the visit and support.

      Glimmer, it is a hard concept to teach, but over time as they view your examples they will learn. Thanks for stopping by.

      Genna, Awww, you have just made my day! I so appreciate hearing your words of encouragement. I am glad to hear the hubs are helping others to raise their children and grandchildren. Be well and safe out there.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you for such great advise. My 3 year old is soaking everything up and I feel the pressure to make sure he learns the right things. Voted up!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mama, I love three year olds because they are lovers of learning and do listen well. Your positive live and guidance will prove good results. Thanks for your visit and vote. Be well and strong.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think that the desire to give a gift to others, whether the gift is something material or is a gift of service, is one of the most important values that we can teach children, and that guiding them through the process of giving is an important task of the people involved in the children's education. Thank you for this very useful advice about mentoring a child on giving, teaches.

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      You have written a wonderful hub on a subject that is very important. I have a 6 year old that might be a little spoiled (not sure how that happened...lol) and I think your suggestions and ideas are something we can use right away. Like another commenter said...it starts with the parents. Voted up and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Alicia and Cogerson for your comments. Teaching a child the virtue of giving is always a trait helpful way into adult life. Have a great weekend.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Children often learn more by observing rather than being told things. Thus, parents who spend time doing volunteer work will often have their children doing the same when they are old enough to participate. Seeing their parents putting food into those red barrels in grocery stores which will be passed on to others who are hungry is a good lesson. There are so many different ways to teach kids the importance of giving and sharing. Great hub! Up votes!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your following my hub posts. You are such a positive encouragement. I too think that parents role modeling life lessons are the best way for children to acquire those important character traits. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is a wonderful hub with such an important message. Nothing compares to that feeling you get when you truly give from the heart. It's something no amount of money can buy. It's one of the best things I think you could do for your kids, to encourage them to experience this. I had been thinking about cleaning out my son's toy box and giving to a charity for kids, I think now (after reading your hub) even though he's only 4 that I can have him help me and pick out which toys he wants to keep and which ones he wants to give to kids who don't have many toys. Thank you teaches :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your idea is wonderful and your son will learn much from this experience. It is always so rewarding to see how a child sparks to this idea! Thanks for coming by here, Jamie. I appreciate your presence and comment.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voting this up and all across but funny. Teaches, your heart and soul shines on this most helpful article. Our children are a biggest fan and copy us in every act we do. We have to teach our children about giving and helping others. Very very important lessons. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is what God would want from us. Nothing makes me happier then helping someone. You really have to be on both sides to fully understand it though. Being homeless at one point, I can not only understand, but value the situation. We should teach them early. The world can be cruel and I really think we should teach our children at an early age that life is not as "peachy" as one thinks when they are young. I was a kid and thought the world was nothing in a sense. I was wrong and I wish I had been better prepared with certain lessons. Giving is one of those lessons that is a must. It is diferent when one is not able, but if you have been blessed with extra, make a difference and help. It doesn't have to always be about money either. Teaches, great article my dear.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyricwriter, I am moved by your sharing from personal experience. Your insight is valuable on this topic and adds to the interest. Role modeling is the best thing we can do for a child when teaching life values. God bless you richly!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the idea you suggest of helping the child give to people in need. Your hub is insightful and the genuineness of your thoughts shines through. I vote up and awesome. Will share too.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Christy! Appreciate your vote and visit here. Thanks.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Values...one of the most important facets of all of our lives that promote in children a caring and sharing attitude of life. Family values have always been the most important part of child rearing and so much is being omitted from their lives..witness, the teachers in schools who see this on a daily basis. It takes family and school working together to raise children to be productive and caring members of society. Just to underscore what you know and have said on many occasions, like me, teaches. Great hub!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Whonu, it does take "a village" to raise a child. I believe family values should be taught at home and then supported in schools. Doesn't seem to be happening at the moment. Thanks for your visit. Blessings!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Mentoring a child is the most challenging task and your article make it so simpel and practical, thanks for value tips and suggestions, voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, I believe you have a point on mentoring being a challenging task. The dedication and time to do so does require effort, but how rewarding for both parties when the results are so positive. Thanks for the vote and your comments here. Take care, friend.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Brilliant and excellent idea to teach them young, on giving. It's an important foundation, that will hopefully help them not just to be generous in giving things, but also in giving of their hearts, time and more as they grow up.

      I enjoyed reading the comments too. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I cannot agree more on teaching children charity at an early age, giving from the heart is so valued and builds character. Thanks for your visit and comments on the hub, Lady E. Always good to see you.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Your statement about consistently providing our children the things they need, reminds me of an actual incident where the son committed suicide. It is not related to charity works. It reinforced the fact that if we continue to provide what our child wants, he or she will not know and understand rejection. Because of years of giving without saying no, the father admitted his mistake and failure as the son find it hard to accept his girlfriend's rejection, and finally took his life

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Greatstuff, the story you shared is so sad. It may have changed things had the family helped him to understand rejection, and to not have had things handed to him - which just allows children to believe that they can have anything they want. Another good reason to teach child the gift of charity. You have added a good bit of interest to this hub. Thanks, friend.

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      A great read and here's to so many more to share on here.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Eddy, thanks for you visit here. Glad you came by and enjoyed the read. You have a wonderful day!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi teaches just called round to let you know tht eddy4me doesn't exist anymore and I am now back on my old account as Eiddwen.

      Best outcome ever!!!

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Eddy, thanks for the notice. Glad to have you in the community again!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Teaches, I always pick up some of the most helpful ideas for you hubs to use with my son, and this one is no exception. Thank you for this! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glad that you find helpful information in the hubs, Terrye. I know you must be a wonderful mom. Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I always tried to teach my children the importance of giving. We could always find ways to share with others less fortunate.

      You always write wonderful Hubs to help parents raise responsible citizens.

      I voted this Hub up, and will share.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Another wonderful hub. Gift giving without the expecting something in return isn't always easy for a child to grasp. Even as they get older it can be all about them.

      I had an experience with my son when he was in secondary school. He was a bit of a scallywag and when the day arrived that they were allowed off campus to have their lunch, I dreaded that day. I was worried he and his friends would cause trouble in the town and I would receive a phone call from the school or the police! I gave him his £2.00 and sent him to school, keeping my fingers crossed.

      When he arrived home, he had spent most of his lunch money buying me a Hershey's bar. He had remembered I enjoyed them on our trip to the States and he saw this in one of the shops. Because they weren't easy to find, he bought it for me and only had a little money left over for lunch. I still get tearful when I think about it.

      Voted up.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      teaches12345 very good hub...hope that your words reach many hearts.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Mary. Your children have learned valuable life lessons that I am sure have given them many blessings in return. Thanks for sharing and your support. Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Awwww, how sweet. They do remember their upbringing and role modeling from parents. Great job! Thanks, blonde logic, for your added value to this content. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you Lastheart. I hope that it does help families to benefit from the concept of giving from the heart. Blessings.

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      Vivian Sudhir 4 years ago from Madurai, India

      Children and flowers are gifts of God. One should be thankful for them. It is an interesting thought that one needs to instil charity and the spirit of giving in children. It is a valuable lesson indeed.

      Thanks for the Hub, it provided useful reading material.I think you should write more.

      All the best.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Snerfu, your words are wise and add value to the hub. Thank you for stopping in here today and for your support. Enjoy your day's journey.

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for writing this wonderful hub. In the age of constantly on the run between work, kids' activities, etc., it is far to easy to forget about the importance of teaching your children to give. I have taught my children since they were very little about this and as they have grown (still 17 and 8), they get very excited when we do a monthly service project that will benefit others. It's so very important to teach them not to expect anything in return, except the pride and satisfaction that they will have from helping those in need. This is the true meaning of the Christmas season.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      KDeus, I appluad your method of teaching compassion and the blessing of giving from the heart. Too many parents miss this important aspect of character and then wonder why their child seems a little self-centered as a teen. Keep up the great parenting! Yes, Christmas is about giving and it is richly rewarding in return.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I'm so happy to see more emphasis on teaching children how to give and how to help others lately. This seems to be stressed more than I remember when I was growing up.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      need such coaching tea

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ologsinquito, teaching a child to give is so important today as we face others who lack interest in helping others. It is a great way to build character.

      Sujaya, thank you for your visit here today. Take care.

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      Vivian Sudhir 3 years ago from Madurai, India

      Good article Ms teachest12345, I see again why there are social bonds and why we must strive to keep them strong. I am voting this up.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Snerfu, thank you for the comment and encouragement. Social bonds are positive enforcements when building character and leadership.

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