I know first hand how difficult it is to get your kids to understand the importance of tithing their blessings.
Especially when the advertising industry bombards them every day to spend their money now on themselves.
And their budget is a lot bigger than yours!
But wouldn't it be great if our kids were raised to become millionaires who share their wealth?
And help clean up the environment...
Feed the homeless...
and provide shelter for abused and neglected children...
Money can be used to heal our hurting country and world.
Take a peek at this site that calculates how rich you are compared to the world population...you'll truly be amazed and grateful.
It will give you a whole new perspective on sharing your wealth.
If you don’t teach your children the value of money and the rewards of tithing...who will?
We'll have a society that doesn’t care and doesn't give back.
Imagine what our world would be like if there were NO money worries...
Gangs would disappear...
Drugs and Crime would disappear...
and divorce would be obsolete!
That's because money problems is the #1 reason for divorce.
Did you know that for the first time in history in America, married people are the minority?
More kids are being raised by single parents...and this is financially tough on them.
At Mass one Sunday, our priest told a story about a homeless man on the street who asked his friend for some money. His friend pulled out his wallet and told the man to take what he needed.
Surprised, the homeless man took it all, about $100.
A short time later, his friend realized he needed to make an important business phone call but didn’t have a quarter to use the pay phone. He went back to the homeless man and asked for some money.
The homeless man held out all the money he had taken and told him to take what he needed. His friend took a quarter, made the business call, and closed a real estate deal for a net profit of $20,000.
Like my dad used to always tell me, what goes around comes around. He was talking about being nice to other kids, but the same goes for tithing. Catholic charities are some of the best run organizations where the money goes directly to the poor... Of course, there are many other successful, well run charity organizations that can use your tithing. But Catholic charities have been around for an amazing 275 years.
One of the ways we teach generosity in our home is to volunteer together as a family. It's important to give money, but it's just as important to give of our time and talents.
We also sponsor a less fortunate family during Christmas, buy secret Angel presents, grow fresh vegetables and farm fresh eggs for the local food shelter, and help out at the annual Fall Festival.
A couple years ago, a good friend mine's daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Megan is the same age as my youngest daughter Maria, who is 10 years old.
I was devastated when I heard.
Our whole family sprung into action, with the help of our church, and organized a benefit picnic to help pay the cost of her chemotherapy. It was a lot of fun and a huge success.
My kids are learning the importance of helping others, and also their duty as Catholics. I was so proud of them.
It also made them feel helpful in a helpless situation. A good life lesson, don't you think?
A great project for your whole family is adopting a third-world child, World Vision is a very reputable organization I like... Click on the "Ways to Give" link, and you can choose where you want your dollars to go. They help needy children in the United States as well as around the world.
You may even have the opportunity to communicate with your sponsored child and receive pictures!
The students at St. Joseph's school where my two youngest kids attend, have been sponsoring Nanku from India for the past 5 years! One of my favorite ways of tithing is spending time with my "little sister" I volunteer 1 hour a week having lunch at my "little sister's" school spending time talking, listening, or playing a game with her.
Or some times a wild game of kickball on the playground!
But it makes me smile knowing I'm making a difference in a little girl's life.
My oldest daughter Rachel wants to also become a Big Sister when she's in college. One of the most important values you can instill in your children is charity and giving to others. If you really want to make a difference in kids lives...consider this GREATEST GIFT
“You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”. The more connected your kids feel to their family and community, the more loved and successful they'll be.
One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is to teach them about sharing and tithing...starting with their own family!
Our kids all share a room. The boys share a room...and the girls share a room. Even Mom and Dad share a room!
It’s so important for kids to be able to get along with others and learn to share.
What better way to learn to share than to have to share with your brother or sister? They also share certain toys - again - learning the importance of sharing.
When they become millionaires, they'll share and tithe out of habit.
What more could you ask for?! If you or your kids LOVE animals, here's a fun way to help save lives...
Don't worry, it isn't easy...but POSSIBLE!
Decide what's best for your kids.
Here are 3 Ways to Tackle this Tithing Problem:
1) You can make a rule (a gentler way to force) to give a certain percentage to charity, ie 10%
2) You can make a rule that your kids must tithe to charity, but they decide how much (warning: they may decide on a penny)
3) Automatically put an agreed upon percentage of money into a charity box.
This is how we handle it with our kids. A certain portion of their allowance automatically goes in the church envelope.
They can give more if they want, but they don't have to.
Just because your kids are getting into the habit of tithing generously and happily(hopefully!)...doesn't mean they should act like spoiled brats!
My husband and I try to instill in our kids that they should be thankful for what they have because it is only by the Grace of God that we are so blessed.
Of course this is a hard lesson for kids to learn...so we have them practice being thankful.
If they are not satisfied with what they get, then they certainly shouldn't get more.
An example is one Christmas morning after all four kids opened their gifts from Santa.
My oldest daughter Rachel had a sour look on her face so I asked her what was the matter. She sobbed "I didn't get the horse that I wanted from Santa!"
I was mortified.
Not because Santa didn't get her a horse, but because I obviously had a very ungrateful and spoiled daughter.
I had a big job ahead of me if I wanted to raise a happy and content daughter who didn't need "stuff" to make her happy.
So I cupped her round little face in my hands and sweetly told her that Mommy told Santa not to get her a horse because she wasn't ready for the responsibility...especially since she wasn't grateful for the presents she had.
It's our duty as parents to teach our kids how important tithing is...not only for others...but for their own happiness!