showing kids how to be charitable {Love Is A Gift}

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This post about the importance of showing kids to be charitable is sponsored by MassMutual.

We’ve done it, another successful Halloween down.  Now onto the season of giving and receiving.  As soon as November begins, I start to really feel the need to reach out, to pay it forward and to find new ways for my kids to get involved in charity/volunteer work.  We should be feeling the need to volunteer all year, but something about this season re-energizes and motivates us… maybe it is all the emphasis on family and all of our blessings we received this year.

Now that my daughter is like, a real person, I’ve been researching big girl options for her to serve others in meaningful ways.  She is a kind person, always sharing without a thought and very generous.  I think it is just her nature.  She is such a living inspiration to me… I so love that I received the gift of being her mom.

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I try to set a positive example for her and just this past weekend we were out together, running last minute to buy candy for our trick-or-treaters.  We were leaving the grocery store, just the two of us and as we reached the parking lot, there was another mother and daughter.

Except this mom/daughter duo wasn’t carrying groceries, they were holding up a cardboard sign saying they needed $$ for rent and groceries.  The little girl was near my daughter’s age, maybe a year or two younger and she smiled up at me and cheerfully said “Happy Halloween”.  I typically give a dollar or two to any homeless or in-need person — what they do with it is on them.  All I had on me this time was a $5 bill (that I had received back from buying tickets at our church for the Halloween Harvest Festival that night).  I pulled the $5 out with a full heart and gave it to the woman and gave my own “Happy Halloween”.

As we continued to walk to our car, my 7 year old looked up at me and said “mom, you are a really good person.”


Those simple words made my day — no, made my life.

So it cost me just $5 to teach my daughter an important lesson in action, not words.  Now it is my mission to demonstrate how to serve, and not just with giving money.  I’m excited to see what new ideas I discover and come up with — you can be certain that a post with ideas will be coming soon!

#loveisagift in_the_know_momToday I’m sharing a really easy way to get your kids involved in giving back — and it costs you NOTHING.  All you have to do it take a selfie with your child (or anyone else you love!) and upload to Instagram (public accounts only) with a hashtag of #LoveIsAGift (tag a couple friends if you want and spread the word) OR upload to the Love Is A Gift website and share via your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.  This simple action triggers a $1 donation to Easter Seals.

#loveisagift in_the_know_momThis wonderful initiative was started by MassMutual and they are giving $1 to Easter Seals for each photo of you and your loved one, up to $50,000.  Incredible.  I believe all successful companies should give back — so when I see it happen my heart is warm!  MassMutual believes that all love is valuable and unique, and wants to highlight real families like you and me.  They have had a longstanding partnership with Easter Seals, an international charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities, their caregivers, and veterans to improve their quality of life.

Twitter Party

When: Wednesday, Nov. 5   8 – 9 am EST/ 11 – Noon PST

Where: #LoveIsAGift

Note: The #LoveIsAGift Twitter party is separate from the Easter Seals social initiative.  Entries to do not count you in for Twitter Party prizes, so please attend to win prizes!!

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Who is it that you love and how do they inspire you to be a better person?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

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  1. diane
    November 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    This is such an important lesson for kids to learn. If there is any hope for our society’s future it is definitely in the hands of our children!

  2. November 4, 2014 at 7:17 am — Reply

    What a great concept! Gorgeous photos too, for such a great cause.

  3. November 4, 2014 at 7:53 am — Reply

    Well that certainly makes it painless to give! I do think that setting an example like you did with your daughter is the most powerful tool for teaching children how to treat others.

  4. Scott
    November 4, 2014 at 7:58 am — Reply

    Kids are more aware than most of us realize. Our daughter recently decided to forego birthday presents and collected dog food to take to the shelter. Her idea, not ours!

    • November 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm — Reply

      What a sweetheart!! I agree. Most days I feel like my daughter isn’t paying attention to anything (especially the sound of my voice), then she surprises me with thoughtful comments and pure generosity. <3

  5. November 4, 2014 at 8:03 am — Reply

    Giving to others is such an important lesson to teach our children. Love really is a gift.

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