3 Ways to Make Giving Back Really Stick with Your Girls

1.Make Giving A Traditiongift-giving

Our favorite part of holidays? The traditions. Maybe you always drink eggnog during the winter months, play pickup football after Thanksgiving dinner, or always eat an ice cream cake on your birthday- no matter the tradition, the repeated act becomes something beloved and cherished.

In addition to your existing time-honored traditions, try adding something totally selfless into the mix. Here are a few examples:

  • Volunteer as a family during the Thanksgiving season
  • Make a point to do at least one random act of kindness on your birthday, and on your children’s birthdays
  • Have your children pick out and pay for a toy to give to a child who may be less fortunate

These are just a FEW of the ways you can make giving back something that your family loves and looks forward to.

2.Expose Your Girls to Other Ways of Lifesoup-kitchen-2

You want giving to be more than another chore on her list. The true goal is to spark a passion for philanthropy that will burn far into her adulthood.

When you show your girl just how fortunate she really is, something profound just might happen; she may begin to see her privilege as something to share rather than keep to herself. Here are a few ideas to help her understand how to whom much is given, much is expected:

  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Sign up to work with underprivileged youth as a mentor

3. Be Her Examplespr2010_volunteers02

By far the most powerful way to make giving back really stick with your girls is to be the woman you want her to grow up to be. Practice kindness, forgiveness, and generosity as much as possible. Use difficult situations as learning opportunities. Let her see you lead with strength AND compassion.

You can be her hero. By volunteering and giving her your time, you are already showing her the goodness of humanity.


In honor of Giving Tuesday, we would like to thank all of our volunteers, board, and donors who make what we do possible. If you would like to get involved in the largest girl-led movement in the world, consider donating or volunteering.


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