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5 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Joy Of Giving

Imagine a world where giving is contagious, where every act of kindness sparks joy, and where children become the champions of generosity. As parents, we desire to instill in our kids the joy of giving—the thrill that comes from making a positive impact on the world.

But how do we ignite this giving spirit in our children? Here are 5 ways to teach kids the joy of giving:

  1. Lead by Example
    Become a model of generosity. Children absorb lessons by observing actions. Show them the excitement of giving by actively engaging in charitable acts and demonstrating the joy it brings. Be the living example they can follow. Let them see you give to those in need and watch you volunteer to help others.
  2. Tailor Giving to Their Age and Interests
    Make giving a thrilling adventure tailored to their age. For younger kids, simple acts like sharing toys or making greeting cards for neighbors can spark joy. Older kids might love volunteering or supporting causes they’re passionate about. Teach them about how they can give glory to God with their giving.
  3. Family Adventures in Giving
    Transform giving into memorable family adventures. Volunteer at church or in the community together, work as a family on projects for your neighbors, or pool your money together and give gifts to someone in need. Show your kids that giving is not just an individual act but a shared experience that’s fun and impactful.
  4. Celebrate Acts of Giving, Big and Small
    Make a big deal out of their giving moments! Celebrate their efforts, express gratitude, and highlight the positive outcomes they’ve achieved. By celebrating their actions, we reinforce the joy that comes from giving.
  5. Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude
    Encourage kids to appreciate what they have and the support they receive. By nurturing gratitude, they’ll understand the happiness that giving brings, both to themselves and to those they help.

By instilling the joy of giving in our kids, we’re nurturing a generation of compassionate and proactive individuals. Through these engaging approaches, we can guide them toward a fulfilling life built on the foundation of generosity. Let’s ignite that giving spark in our children and watch as they become passionate contributors to a brighter, kinder world.

Take it a little deeper by watching our OPP Podcast episode, “Teaching Kids The Joy Of Giving”


  • Chris Reed | Pastor to Parents | Saddleback Church

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Pastor to Singles and Pastor to Marriages. He is currently our Pastor to Parents leading the charge for all things Parents Ministry at Saddleback. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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