Always in Season: Giving (and the Gift of a Great Future)

I’m participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

On the surface, it would appear that the goal of The Risky Kids is make life with kids as playful as possible.  It’s true, we do a lot of silly, playful stuff around here, and we’re proud of it.  But one of the underlying goals in most everything we do is to raise happy kids with lots of confidence and a strong sense of responsibility.

When my husband and I think about responsibility, it means so much more than putting your stuff away, doing your homework, or knowing how to make your own lunch.  It also means cultivating a sense of responsibility for others, especially for those in need.  It means teaching our kids how to give – of their time, of their talents, and of their money – and to give from the heart.

Throughout the year as we pay our kids their allowances, they’re always required to put aside a percentage for charitable giving.  They have full freedom to decide when, how and to whom they should give of their earnings.  It’s something we try to think about all year round, but it’s especially at the front of our minds during the holidays.

It can be hard to figure out how to get your kids involved in giving, especially at a young age.  I’m very happy to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to promote their Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign.  Always thinking of kids first, the BGCA website is loaded with ways to get kids excited about giving this holiday season, including a fun make-your-own gift tag  generator and great tips to inspire giving as a family.  While you’re at it, be sure to vote in the Kids Give Back Photo Contest, where you can see Club Kids involved in their very own giving campaigns.  Check out your local Boys and Girls Clubs’ websites to find more ways to volunteer in your very own community.

Just like making a commitment to be more playful, it’s never too early or too late to teach your kids to be more giving.