Inspire Giving: Gratefully Receive Your Child's Gifts
By Victoria Kindle Hodson
No matter how old you are, giving is a fundamental human need, and perhaps the source of the greatest possible joy.
Parents are well-practiced givers and generously provide for the survival and emotional needs of their families. As best we can, we give our children a warm, dry place to live; nourishing food and clean clothes, as well as a web of caregivers and teachers to meet their needs for safety, belonging, growth and learning, and on and on. It is just what Moms and Dads and Grandmas and Grandpas and so many others do for kids.
At the same time children are receiving this bounty from others, they have an enormous need to be contributors to the wellbeing of others. In fact, it is hardwired into each of us to be part of heartfelt, mutually-beneficial exchange network. This capacity for giving and receiving is at the foundation of what it means to be human. Who knew that giving is actually in our DNA?