Jan. 26, 2015 |  In this issue: Helping Kids Learn About Money and Giving   view this in your browser
LOVE BOLDLY | Genuine Humility

Be authentic: Instead of acting like we’re better than others, we will practice Genuine Humility—“We’re all in this together.”
From 4 Acts of Love

Is you life (or home or car) overrun with your children's spoils of trinkets and toys they don't need? 

From a young age kids often start a materialistic measurement of their worth based on the accumulations of their toy collections or the acquisition of the latest video game. 

Parents inadvertently validate this with bribing practices where "being good" earns a new toy or prize. 

So how can we help our kids enjoy what they have instead of always looking forward to the next new thing and building up earthly treasures?

From a young age, we can teach our children about the satisfaction of stewardship and joy of giving generously---helping shift the focus from 'me' to 'we.' 
LOVE BOLDLY | 4 Tips for Teaching Kids about Money and Giving

Here are four ideas to help kids understand money management through a lens of giving, saving, and spending, and discover what it means to become caretakers of our financial blessings from God. 
Have a heart for people in need. Discuss tangible needs in your community, church, and the world. Together, come up with ways your family can chip in to offer assistance. Let kids explore what toys they can donate or a cause they can earn money and give to, or places where they can serve those less fortunate. Then help children see the results of how giving their money, time, treasures and talents impacts others. (Read these verses from the Bible as a family: 1 Peter 5:2-3; Deuteronomy 15:7)

Set an example of giving. When parents worship the Lord in their giving, children can develop a sense of joyful generosity themselves. The most important thing parents can do is model what giving looks like so children can understand and participate. Talk about the ways your family gives financially through tithing with church offerings, donating to a charity or sponsoring a child or missionary. (Read these verses from the Bible as a family: Mark 12:41-44; Luke 12:33)

Shift the family focus from spending to stewardship. Feelings about money are contagious, so model responsible attitudes about paying bills, shopping, and delayed gratification. Celebrate how much you save by being mindful stewards of everyday resources, rather than putting the attention and excitement on the new things you buy. This is also a great place to talk about what the Bible says about storing up treasures on earth, and also how we can trust God to provide for our needs. (Read these verses from the Bible as a family: Matthew 6:19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Give allowances. Give children household chores and responsibilities that enable them to earn a weekly allowance. Then make or use a three-compartment container to help kids divide their money into the categories of saving, spending, and giving. (Read these verses from the Bible as a family: Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 3:9) 

Sponsoring a child through a ministry such as World Vision or Compassion International is a wonderful way to put a "face" on the needs of others. Your children can write letters to your sponsored child and learn about the true realities of those who have very little, as well as develop a friendship to share Jesus' love, hope and encouragement  while supporting them financially at the same time. (photo courtesy of World Vision)
This week, may your love of God and giving
be the extravagance of the gift
that you offer to your children. 
May you also find hope and peace
in God who will provide for your needs.

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