Tips for Teaching Kids about Giving Back

Last weekend, my boys hosted a yard sale and lemonade stand with 100% of the proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis.  They collected old toys, made signs, baked cookies, and waited on customers, and they raised $264.35.  It was a proud mommy moment for me.


When it comes to teaching kids about giving back, here are some tips I have found helpful:

1)  Let the kids pick a charity or cause that is meaningful to them.  (My boys have a little cousin with Cystic Fibrosis, so it makes them feel good knowing that they are helping make him better.)

2)  Let the kids decide what to do.  (My boys have organized Christmas parties, sold toys, and worked lemonade stands.)

3)  Let the kids do the work.  (They will feel more connected to the act of giving, if they are doing the work themselves.)

Do you have any tips for teaching kids about giving back?  Feel free to share them below.


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

51 comments:

  1. I would buy a few pairs of the adidas® Boys' 'Recharge' Knit Pants http://www.sears.ca/product/adidas-boys-recharge-knit-pant/640-000013144-M63207 for my sons

    brendapenton@gmail.com

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  2. I would buy the Nike Boys' ' YA76 Swoosh' Zip-Front Hoody for my lil guy who is starting kindergarten this year.
    Thanks

    Email--> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

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  3. I would buy some Alpinetek Kids' Pull-On Snow Pants to get them ready for the cold weather! And a new pair of 'indoor' shoes! Lynnette ldbabin@nstu.ca

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  4. I'd be buying pants and new boots for Chelsea :) heather @ mmmisformommy . com

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  5. I have a sincere desire to buy my boys some cute back-to-school fashion even though they aren't even in school yet (and do much better in rough and tumble play clothes), so with a gift card, I would definitely get them some fancier clothes. :)

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  6. hoodie & sweatpants

    charlo125@hotmail.com

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  7. A nice warm snowsuit! Thanks :) gmargin@gmail.com

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  8. My two youngest both have birthdays coming up next month so this would be a huge help! I see a few Spiderman and Avengers t-shirts that they would love! (jenessamullen@outlook.com)

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  9. I would put it toward buying the Status Roma Glider with nursing ottoman. My previous glider recently fell apart and I need a new one to nurse my little one in comfort again! jenny_hommel@hotmail.com ****using my hubby's account ;) Jen

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  10. I'm totally digging the Heys Nova Backpack - that chevron print would totally #RockTheHalls!

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  11. I would get my kids new sneakers! muis.amy (at) gmail.com

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  12. I would buy my second son some kickin' 'Kodiak boots and snow pants that aren't hand-me downs (meaning, he could choose HIS favourite colour!).

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  13. I would buy my kids winter jackets and new winter boots - because they have out grown there's from last year :)
    my email is: kit_kat23@live.ca

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  14. I'd buy my little one "new to school" clothes including tights, fall dresses and shoes. :)

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  15. I would buy a team Canada boys hoodie and a pair of nike core pants to go with it for my son
    sarahjackson1228@hotmail.com

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  16. I would buy my children new winters outfits.

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  17. I would buy these for my granddaughter - Clarks® Girls' 'Zora Dress J' Leather Boot
    sweetpeg@gmail.com

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  18. my daughter would love to rockthehalls in Nevada®/MD Split Neck Sweater Dress With Belt

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  19. I would choose the Nevada /MD Hooded Chennel Sweater.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. My daughter would love the Nevada skinny jeggings

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  21. I would buy my kids winter jackets.


    celia-glover@hotmail.com

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  22. I would definitely be buying the Nike high top sneakers my son has been drooling over in our local Sears store! The are so expensive to buy when I have to get two pair of sneaker for each of my boys at back to school time.
    Jennifer-carpenter@hotmail.com

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  23. I would put it towards the LeapFrog LeapPad Tablet for the lil one.
    steve_michelle@hotmail.ca

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  24. I would choose the Nike® Popover Swoosh Hoody

    flower_child_23(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Levi’s Girl’s Melody Woven Dress, Levi’s Girls’ Denim Legging and Girl Confidential(TM/MC) Plaid Tunic Top with Belt to name a couple.

    jlcmrc@gmail.com

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  26. I would get my son the Nike® Mezzo Print Popover Therma Fit Hoody

    prairiebelle44(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Roots backpack and kimik waterproof boots. zztheresa@outlook.com

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  28. my little one would love the Disney Sofia Top & Legging 2 Piece Set

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  29. I would buy the Levi's® Girl's Melody Woven Dress and the Skechers® Kids' 'Skech Appeal' Ombre Jogger.

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  30. I would buy shoes.. Shoes are soo expensive for kids.. And clothes.. my daughter likes her clothes #RockTheHalls a_m_rs@hotmail.com

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  31. I would probably get the Nike® Boys' ' YA76 Swoosh' Zip-Front Hoody. augusta _ butter fly (at) hot mail (dot) com

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  32. I would buy a few outfits for my kid to #RockTheHalls in!
    couponer_steph@hotmail.com

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  33. I would get the Nike Boys YA76 Swoosh' Zip-Front Hoody and some Levi's jeans

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  34. My son would love all the Super Mario and Super Hero tee shirts - he's mildly obsessed. amnesia224(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. I would get my 4, 5 and 7 year old sons all Nevada /MD Striped Popover Hoodie and Nevada /MD Lined Pant with Elastic Waist :)
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

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  36. I would buy my daughter new sneakers and clothes

    Sarai (nemesis_33012 at yahoo dot com)

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  37. I would buy a new snowsuit for the Winter season coming. :)

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  38. Both my boys need pants-how do the knees get worn out so quick??? These seems cute http://www.sears.ca/product/tony-hawk-boys-belted-denim-pant/640-000166439-16TMP0008-36

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  39. Girls love their shoes so I would buy my daughter the Clark boots!
    tiffanymanning@hotmail.com

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  40. I would buy my daughter some Skechers light-up shoes!

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  41. I'd get the Nike Popover Swoosh Hoody and My Little Pony Pony Power Dress (Suzi)

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  42. I would love to pick up the Nevada®/MD Long-Sleeve AOP 3-in-1 Shirt for my grandson, he would love it!

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  43. I would buy the Nike Hoody and sneakers.
    ksceviour@hotmail.com

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  44. I would buy my son a hoody and I like Sears as they are supporters of the Boys and Girls Children Club that help a lot of children in need.

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  45. I would get the Girl Confidential(TM/MC) Sparkle Fleur Delis Denim Jeans, and the Columbia® Girls Triple Run 11 Jacket for my daughter!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  46. I would buy some new winter boots for my son. amandamisener @ gmail.com

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  47. I would buy my boys Nike hoodies and tee shirts.
    squiggybull12@charter.net

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  48. I would buy my son a pair of Converse Kids' 'All-Star' High-Top Canvas Sneaker and a pair of Levi's jeans!

    nomnombearinyvr at hotmail dot com

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  49. I would buy some new board games for the boys. We love playing games as a family and they are starting to get bored with our selection.
    Chisholmdawn@ns.sympatico.ca

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  50. I'd buy some new school sneakers and a pair of snow pants, preferably pink, for my daughter!

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  51. I would buy some pants and snow gear for my daughter. Love Sears! joannempca@gmail.com

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