Teaching Her To Give On #GivingTuesday

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It's Giving Tuesday. We are not only coming back from the Thanksgiving holiday but also, from my girl's birthday. Frog_Princess_Birthday_Gifts

I know I have a special little girl on my hands. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said nothing because someone had gotten her the snow cone maker she'd wanted.

Even so, it's important for me that she understand not only how blessed she is to have but how blessed she is to be able to give.

So today we will sit down and donate to a few of our favorite organizations. I will tell her what each one of does and why we will be supporting them. It's important to me that she understand about giving.

Giving Tuesday has a very special place in my heart because of the thought behind it.

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Don't you just love that? And I love that I can also show the Frog Princess all of the other countries around the world that are also giving.

Community, both big and small. That's also part of what I want to teach her.

Who are you giving to this year? Want some suggestions? Here you go!

2015-eat-sleep-giveMomsRisingan on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all moms, women, and families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many mothers. If you donate today, an anonymous donor will throw an additional $25 on top. How cool is that?

2015-Its-Time-for-GivingBETA Centera private, nonprofit organization with 35 years of experience helping families, regardless of age or economic status, in the greater Orlando area including Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. With a focus on parenting, teen moms and at-risk families, BETA Center changes behaviors and lives. The agency offers a wide range of services to support children and families, increase healthy family functioning and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation: my mom died of this type of cancer. Their mission is one I can definitely get behind: To find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by cholangiocarcinoma.

Center for Contemporary Dancea leading Florida cultural organization operating in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education.  Programs are designed to provide the students of all ages—from novice to professional—with vast experiences in classical, post-classical and world dance forms. A complete dance education is our priority.

How do you teach your kids to give?