This post is sponsored by Fidelity Charitable®, but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.
I have always believed it is one of my greatest jobs in life to raise good citizens of the world. In this overly stimulated life, in a society where so much of what they want seems to be easily accessible (at least at their fingertips via technology), I want my children to grow up as grateful human beings.
But, I want a positive spirit and giving nature to be a part of their DNA. Since they were itty-bitty, I’ve made this a priority and I’m committed to it.
How to Raise Grateful Children
Family Rules – when my small people were really small, we created a set of family rules – the most important was this: Protect Each Other. I have no problem with siblings battling it out – it is a normal part of growing up, but outside of this house? He is your person and she is your person. You take care of each other. You are grateful for the gift of having a brother and sister.
But I want to offer you one way to make it easy to support family charities and create a family tradition that allows you to maximize the way you give: a Fidelity Charitable® Giving Account®, or donor-advised fund.
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You can contribute cash, securities or other assets to set up a donor-advised fund with Fidelity Charitable, with as little as $5,000. You’ll be eligible for an immediate tax deduction, and the funds are used to support the charities your family cares about. You can also recommend how to invest the funds in the Giving Account® for tax-free growth, and may end up with more to give as a result.
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Most people who use donor-advised funds end up giving more as a result…and that is the goal, yes? To maximize giving, to give to the charities that matter the most to you AND to model this type of giving for your kiddos.
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Model gratitude and giving – I learned when my kids were very little – they don’t do what I TELL them to do, they do what I SHOW them. It started early as they mimicked my phrases and body language. But, by showing them what it looks like to give, I’m giving them the example they need to do the same as they grow up. From holding doors open, to paying for the person behind us in Starbucks, to offering to hold a crying baby on an airplane to give the mom a break – my small people know I can be counted on to both give and help. If you’re looking for more ideas about how to start giving traditions with your family this holiday season, Fidelity Charitable has some tips.
How do you teach your children? I’m always looking for new ways.
I love this so much! I think too many people forget to be grateful for what they have. The best way to ensure the our children have happy lives is to make sure they remember to count their blessings and be grateful for every good thing in their lives.
Paula Schuck says
This is perfect. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I am raising grateful kids with kind hearts who give back and leave the world a better place. That’s the goal and has been from the moment they were tiny. I like the idea of this giving donor account from Fidelity Investments. I give back with time and money and model this for them as well. That’s incredibly important to me.
Elicit Folio says
This is such a lovely post! All of us, no matter our age can learn from these great examples. Thank you for sharing!
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This is such a great idea! What an amazing tradition to pass on.
Melanie Walsh says
We have found opportunities to involve our children in giving back. My older girls are in a Girl Scout troop that also has prioritized being a helper. It takes a conscious effort to raise grateful children, but these are great tips to help us out.
I like the idea of making giving traditions. And I would especially do this not just around the holiday seasons but different times throughout the year.
Denise C says
I make a point to explain things to my children so they understand why something is important and how actions affect everyone. It seems to be working so far.
susie liberatore says
The family rules are so so important it is one of our top things for sure!