There are a lot of things to think about as a parent. At first just the basics feel overwhelming. After having a baby we stress over feeding them and keeping them safe. Those focuses remain as they grow but are joined by more complex goals of raising children, like raising them to be confident and capable. For me, there is another characteristic that I rank up with the best of them- kindness. David and I want our children to be good, decent people and to have a generous spirit.
Hailey and Kaitlyn have a lot in their favor: strong, supportive family, safety, good food, a nice place to live. It would be easy to take all of this for granted, but David and I are making it our mission to teach them about giving back to others that may not be as fortunate. As I heard it put so beautifully at an event I was at recently, we get to be the givers. As parents we try our best to model this behavior for our girls. We aren’t perfect by any means, but we do try to give financially, donate in kind, and offer our time when possible. The girls see bits and pieces of this, like drop-offs at Goodwill, meetings and events for Girls on the Run and Discovery Place, but just seeing us do things doesn’t necessarily spark the excitement of giving in their hearts. While modeling is certainly important, we feel strongly about them having some skin in the game as well.
Several months ago, David helped Hailey put together 3 different banks (jars). One is save, one is spend and one is give. We emptied her piggy bank of money she has collected for birthdays and holidays over the years and divided it equally between the jars. I’ve been waiting for a hands-on way for her to put her give money into action.
Children International is focused on making a long-term impact by helping kids in poverty worldwide. They have a bold vision: graduating healthy, educated, empowered and employed young adults from their program so they can achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. The idea of empowering people to be able to take charge of their own lives greatly appealed to me, and having Hailey be able to see the person she is helping really sealed the deal.
I was not required to sponsor a child for this post. It is just about spreading awareness, but I was so touched by the mission of this organization and their ability to make you feel connected that we had to get involved. If you are interested in doing the same, you can get a free information kit here, or go directly to their sponsor page to learn more.
I’m hoping through starting young and letting the girls get involved first hand that a spirit of generosity will be a big part of who they become. I’m grateful for organizations like Children International that are dedicated to making a lasting impact by empowering young children for creating these opportunities for us all to get involved in the fight against poverty. I also encourage you to consider a donation to Children International. See more information here.