November2007 Teaching the Joy of Giving…

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Teaching the Joy of Giving…
“My child has absolutely no problem with giving. It seems all he can say at times is ‘Give me this or give me that!’” vented an overwhelmed mom. The exasperated feeling that comes from the battle of teaching kids to have a giving heart in a society that is consumed with consumerism is a familiar one to many families. In his book, “The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving” Randy Alcorn asserts the single greatest obstacle to generous giving is the illusion that this world is really home. He comments, “Scripture actually teaches we are only pilgrims on the earth and managers of God’s riches. We should actively handle money and possessions so as to invest in eternity. By giving rather than keeping money, we store up wealth in heaven. Thus, the generous giver, as he nears his death, is moving toward his treasures, rather than leaving them behind to become dust.” Not only does scripture teach the idea of giving, but current research validates it. The 2000 Cone/Roper Raising Charitable Children Survey reports that 92 percent of American adults believe that encouraging children to participate in charities helps them to grow up to be better citizens. The answer on how to teach kids to give may lie in the old Nike slogan, “Just Do It!” The Cone/Roper report went on to say, “94% believe parents play a key role in getting children involved in charity efforts.” The Apostle Paul simplified it by saying, “In everything I've done, I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them. You'll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, 'You're far happier giving than getting.'" Acts 20:35 (The Message). Whether through money, time or talents, make giving a matter of the heart as you connect your kids to the deeper meaning of giving. Ask God:
1. To give you and your child a grateful heart. 2. To constantly show you ways to model and teach your child how to having a giving heart. 3. For opportunities for your child to use his/her time, talents, and money to serve God and others. 4. To give you discernment as to what you freely give to your children.

Healthy Parenting…
Make it kid-friendly. Giving to other kids allows a child to empathize with the situation better thus creating an emotional connection to giving. Make it sacrificial. Giving from their own resources, especially money, allows kids to connect to the cost of giving. Make it balanced. Giving their time, abilities, and belongings as well as their money connects kids to the idea that giving is a life-style. Make it personal. Giving as their own choice connects kids with the freedom of giving as a privilege rather than an obligation. Make it fun. Giving as a celebration of what God has provided connects kids to a sense of personal gratitude.

“So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6: 1-4 (NIV)
Teachable Moments: The act of giving is important, but the motive for giving is just as important. That is why these verses talk about giving in secret. We want to teach our children that we give out of obedience and to give God glory. Try this activity with your child to help teach the lesson of giving: 1. Ask your child to choose one person they would like to give something to who has a need. 2. 3. Ask why they chose this person. Help your child find a way to meet that need (a hand-made card, groceries, yard work, etc.) Meet the need without this person knowing and without telling anyone. Afterward, ask these questions: 1. 2. 3. How did it make you feel to help someone out? Why? How do you think it's going to make this person feel? Why did we help someone out and not tell them? What if they find that bad?

Do you ever wonder if your child appreciates all that is given to them? Do you genuinely want your child to have a heart that is to give and to serve others? Talk about some of these questions with your child to gain some insight:
1. 2. 3. How has God gifted you? How can you use those gifts to give to others? What is the difference between a want and a need? Does the Bible talk specifically about giving your money back to God? What does it say? How can you be obedient to give money?


Do you like receiving presents? Why? Do you think giving a present could be as fun as getting one? Why or why not?

Healthy Habits: Internet Safety…
So many kids today are spending numerous hours on the computer. Some computer use is a good thing, but too much and in the wrong places can be very dangerous. Here are some reminders for your kids to help keep them safe while using the internet: • Keep the computer in a “family” area where you will be coming and going while they are on the internet. Never put the computer in a private place (i.e. a bedroom, etc.). • Don’t allow your child to know the password for getting online. Have them get it from you when they need it. • Remind your child to NEVER give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent's permission. • • • ( Never email or communicate with someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared. Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents. Tell your parents right away if you read or see anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.

This page is designed to inform and educate parents and is not meant to endorse any product, music, or movie. Our prayer is that you will make informed decisions on what your student listens to, wears, and sees.

Not all movies that appear kid friendly are intended for children. Make sure you do the research to see if a new release movie is safe for your child. As a family consider participating together in the following activities to make the spirit of giving a way of life for your kids.
Donate items. Go through closets to root out items that haven't been used in a while. Encourage children to do the same. Allow them to select which items they wish to donate to the needy. Give blood. Take your children with you so they see you as a model for giving. Talk to them about why you choose to donate blood and what it will accomplish. Make birthdays charitable. Ask guests to bring a gift of a book to be donated to a local charity. Explain that one way to celebrate a birthday would be to give to those who have less. Age Platform Collect Change. Create a “tithe” jar to be used by the family. Teach E Fights childhood obesity, and sends a message about being physically active 9+ Mac/Windows kids the importance of giving to God first. Explain how even their little bit of money adds up. Contains crude humor, mild cartoon violence, “friendly trash-talk”, and unsportsmanlike behavior. Contains blood and gore, crude humor, foul language, mild violence, and tobacco references. Pitch in. Get on a regular volunteer schedule at your church. Sign up for a time to mow the grass and trim the bushes. Take your turn 12+ PS3, XBOX 360 ushering and allow your child to assist. Skate T

What’s playing at the movies…
Movie: “Enchanted” Genre:
Children’s movie, comedy, romance, fairytale

Network: Buena Vista Pictures Release Date: Cast:
November 21, 2007

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey,

James Marsden, Susan Sarandon, and Timothy Spall


Rated PG for some scary images

and mild innuendo.

Movie: “Bee Movie” Genre:
Children’s movie, comedy, animation DreamWorks Distribution, LLC November 2, 2007

Network: Cast:

Release Date: Warnings:

Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, and Chris Rock Rated PG for mild suggestive humor.


What Games are out Now…
Title The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective Rating Content

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