At this time of year, I see a lot of posts asking how we teach our children about the spirit of giving. Let’s be honest: without teaching children to give, it’s not something that they will always learn. Some decide that their method of teaching children to give will be through books and stories. Others demonstrate the concept of giving by volunteering with the family at a local soup kitchen or some other method. Another popular method is adopting a family for the holidays or buying for a child off of the holiday tree. Then there’s the ever popular method of the pre-Christmas toy purge.
I have another method. It’s not necessarily the most sophisticated method, and it’s not something that my children will understand for a long time, but it works for me. I give back by volunteering with Cloth for a Cause. It’s an all year thing.
I suck at sewing. Pearl, the founder and my friend, has demonstrated how to repair cloth diapers for the charity, but it’s just… Yeah, it’s over my head. That means that the majority of diaper repairs are out. There are a few things that I do to help. I write for this blog. I can repair snaps. And I am amazing at laundry.
Yeah, it turns out that when you’re working with a cloth diaper charity like Cloth for a Cause, being amazing at laundry is a useful skill. Cloth diapers can come in with all kinds of issues: elastics (which are Pearl and Megan’s domain in the Prince George chapter) and snaps, or repelling and stink. I can fix those things.
Right now, my younger children are still in diapers themselves. However, a time will come when they are no longer wearing diapers and are reasonably self-sufficient. By that time, they’ll have learned that giving is important. I know that doing this work is not only helping other families, but it’s also teaching children to give.
Are you teaching your children to give to others? How are you sharing this lesson?