When my kids were little, I always carried a small bag in my purse in case of an emergency.
And I only used it in case of true emergency–like a loud tantrum in the public library or a harry meltdown in line at grocery store or a fiery fit at church.
It contained exactly: a miniature half used bottle of bubbles from a wedding favor, a lollipop, a bandaid, and page of stickers.
Some might call it a bag of bribery, but it was really like a savings account.
That little bag saved me on account of my kid’s behavior –if you know what I mean.
I’ve always counted on a little bag of tricks to help me in this parenting gig. Instead of lollipops and stickers for distraction, now it’s wifi passwords that intermittently change when chores aren’t done.
Another tool in my belt is teaching my kids to share what they’ve been given. And now I have a handy resource to help us do just that.
I think it’s where heaven and earth meet-the crossroads of giving away what we’ve been given. It’s our job to teach our children that we when we bless others with our blessings, we bless God and He blesses us. When we give away what He’s given to us, we glorify the Giver and instead of having less, we have more.
“We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving ourselves because we were made to do these things.” -Francis Chan
Hospitality because we love having people in our home. Dinner for neighbors because we love cooking. A home for a child because we have more love to give. Encouraging others because we can. Serving someone in need. Giving our time, our money, ourself away…Look at your hands. What has God placed in them?
But it’s not always an easy concept to teach.
When you preorder my brand new book, Raising World Changers In A Changing World, you’ll receive a FREE download kit with some very helpful parenting resources…some tools for your belt, a restock on your bag of tricks… Like conversation starters, checklists, printable and a free fair trade “be a world changer” clutch. But I especially love these “Bank” labels: This simple concept works from toddler to teens to illustrate the power we have over our resources (instead of letting them control us). You can use your banks the practical way by filling them with coins, allowance or birthday money. Or you can fill banks with slips of paper that have challenges like saving cans to recycle for money, sharing your art pictures with an elderly neighbor or spending some time doing special activities together.
Teaching our kids about generosity in an investment in our family that will produce high returns.