Helping Others.

@1grnthmb (2063)
United States
November 17, 2008 2:09pm CST
A friend started a disscusion that made me think of this. We have not had much money this year. In fact it has been a really hard year for us. We usually have our Christmas shopping pretty much done by this point. But this year we hardly have anything for our girls. My wife asked the girls if they would rather get money this year so they could buy what they wanted during the after Christmas sales. They all thought that this was a great idea. Yesterday Jenny told my wife that she would like half of the money that she would get to be donated to Salvation Army to help other children who are needy. What a sweet child she is. Even though we are struggling this year she would rather do without and give to someone else. Now all three girls say this is what they would like to do. Would your children do this?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 08
That's really great. And with the girls, maybe. With my son, maybe not. He has autism and the concept of sharing isn't quite in his head yet. But it would be interesting to try and explain it to him and see if he gets it.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
10 Dec 08
We have a friend with a son who is autistic. But he is high functioning. He is very generous. So maybe their is a chance that your son will be also.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Dec 08
Cary's high functioning too and he doesn't seem to mind sharing with anybody BUT his sisters, so maybe!
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Probably not. I have one that might but I think it would depend on his mood. My children would probably say they volenteer enough of their time to the homeless mission and that should exempt them from also giving their money. My children are selfish with money but their time anyone can have. We help out at the local homeless missions and my children also helped with the political campaign this year. Your children are very sweet for giving to help others. You must be very proud!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
25 Nov 08
You know, time is just as important as money. So I think they are doing fine.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
17 Nov 08
I am going to give my boys and grandsons savings accounts this year. I figure that way they can save some and do whatever with the rest. They donate to the salvation Army during the holiday season but that is usually out of the money they work for to buy gifts with.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
25 Nov 08
That is a good gift. It well teach then to save up. It is also really good that they give themselves to help others.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
17 Nov 08
You have some wonderful, thoughtful girls! Not many children would want to do without something so others could be blessed. Now, most would be willing to give that other child something, but have the attitude that they didn't want to do with out. Sounds like you have really brought your children up right.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Jenny has been like that since she was young. Maybe it is because she herself is handicapped and can see that their are others who are in need. She is a really good girl.
• United States
17 Nov 08
What a great thing for your children to be so aware of. Because of my total disappointment in how Christmas has become so commercialized, we created a family tradition a long time ago. My kids pick out one thing that they would really like to have; something that is just for them and doesn't relate to school or the sports they are involved in. It can be anything as long as the price tag is within reason, and we usualy set a limit on how much they can spend. Then as a family we chose a charity to donate to. Sometimes with food items, sometimes with money, depends on how our year has been. This year, since it has also been a hard one for us, financially, we will be donating our time serving food to those in need, both at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. All 3 of my kids, and now my two oldest girlfriends' will join us.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
25 Nov 08
She has been like this since she was younger. She has always wanted to help others. I like what you have set uo on how each child gets to choice one thing that they really want and that you give to a charity of the families choice.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
17 Nov 08
That is sweet. My kids are still a bit young, but I know my oldest has a giving spirit. He may not come up with the idea on his own, but he'd go along with it if someone else came up with the idea.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I was amazed that she had this attitude. But then she always has. She has Cerebral Palsy and every time we went shopping she woulds ask for the change to put in the drop box for the handicap children. She started doing that when she was six. Yur son sounds like he is heading that way.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
3 Dec 08
It sounds like you have some pretty special little girls. It's sweet of them to share their christmas with others in need. My kids are pretty giving as well. Both of my kids have donated toys before. They usually send the Operation Christmas Child boxes in through the school as well. My daughter also helped out an animal shelter by collecting old blanket, pet toys and food for them. I think that it is important for kids to realize that no matter how bad things are there is always someone worse off then they are.