An Early Lesson In Kindness

We are trying (and I stress using the word trying more liberally than using the word succeeding) to teach our kids from a young age that there are many kids and may adults who haven’t as much as we do.

The concept of “having less than us” is a little loose when described to a child.

“Why don’t they just buy more?” they’ll ask.

“Well because they don’t have as much money as we do to buy some of the things you guys have lying around,” we’ll try and respond.

“Then why don’t they work for longer?”

And so on it will go in the game of why that kids are so good at. And instead of explaining the concept of poverty etc we’ve taken up a project that has us saving our quarters to donate to the Caring and Sharing Exchange’s Christmas Exchange program.

It’s nothing too big, but it’s a start and every time we throw our quarters in there it gives us a chance to reiterate why we’re collecting them and who we’re giving them to. It doesn’t always go according to plan.

“I want the money so we can go to a show Daddy.”

“Well these are for families who might not want to have money to go to a show.”

“Then can we go to a show right now?”

“Well no, we’re about to eat supper.”

“If we can’t go to a show right now, we must need the money too.”

“Can we just collect them for other boys and girls please.”

“Ok Daddy, we’ll go to a show another time.”

Which leads us back to where I started this story—the trying part. We have two young kids with one big heart each. It’s been a lot of fun teaching them the value of kindness.


This story is courtesy of Mike Reynolds from the blog Puzzling Posts. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please head over to the Submit a Story page.

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