Teaching Your Children About Giving
Much of what children learn is through what is taught and caught from their parents. They’re often paying more attention than what we realize.
A couple of weeks ago one of my daughters surprised me.
While we were sitting in church I looked over and observed her filling out a tithing envelop to tithe on $10.00 she had earned. She put her name on the outside and inserted a dollar bill. When the offering bag was passed she dropped in her envelope and continued to worship. I was excited to see that my children are getting it.
We’ve talked to our children about tithing and giving in the past. In this step we teach them what the Bible says about tithing and being generous.
We’ve also tried to model it for them. I can’t expect my children to be generous if I’m not.
We’ve also given our children the opportunity to exercise what they’ve been taught. This means to put into practice what you’ve been taught.
The more I thought about this the more I realized this is a good model for mentoring our children.
It’s a 3 step process that we can apply to other areas as well:
1. Teach it
2. Model it
3. Practice it
This is a great model for mentoring our children and others as well.
Question: Do you ever find it uncomfortable or awkward mentoring your children?
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir