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Day 274: A Simple Give from a 3 year old Kid

I have been asked many times if my son is learning anything about giving as I do my simple give every day and give back to the world every day. The answer is simple – absolutely! We were reading a book two days ago that was talking about the planet and ways we could help protect it. I asked him to tell me some of the things we did together to give back to the planet and he was able to name 4 different ways we give. Yeh!

Today’s give was initiated and insisted upon by my son. His Grandmother was returning home from a long trip and he want to do something very special to welcome her home. . He has come along with me on this 365 days journey and he is finding the ways he can participate in a daily “give” without even knowing it.

Day 274: Give 274

2 years ago my mother came to live with us. She had just gone through kidney cancer surgery and needed the support of her family close buy. We had a house with a suite and a 2 year old grandson that would help make her recovery one that was filled with love. My son and my mother have a very special bond. He adores her as much as she adores him. You always hope your kids will have an opportunity to spend time with their Grandparents and share a special connection with them. Each year my mother travels back to Ontario (her home before moving to Vancouver) for an extended period of time to visit family and friends. My son really misses her. He can’t wait for the day she comes home so they can make breakfast together and paint.

We had been counting the “sleeps” until she returned and the day before she came home we were out gardening when he decided we needed to give “GranJan” as she is called, a very special gift. He wanted to pick fresh flowers from our garden to bring to the airport when she arrived. I thought this was a great idea and even better that is wasn’t prompted by me at all. My son was learning the art of giving in small ways. We could file this give under A Small Act of Kindness or A Random Act of Kindness.

I am just thrilled my son is learning to give.


How are you teaching you kids to give? Share a story with us!


Time Commitment: 10 minutes to cut and wrap flowers

Cost: 0 right from our garden


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)