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Day 325: Kids Learn To Give

My inspiration for 365give was to teach kids and have kids learn to give. After 325 days of giving I now know I have done what I set out to do. I have taught my son to give. There is no greater reward than realizing your child has learned positive values from you – especially when it comes to being philanthropic.

Day 325:Give 325      Completed by Nicolas Way – 3 years old

Are You A Successful Parent?

Someone once asked me how I will know I did a good job raising my children when they are grown. My answer came easily. I will know I was a successful parent if my child is kind, loving, lives life out loud, follows his dreams and gives with all his heart. Today he made me realize that I am doing my job. He has already become thoughtful, sharing, kind, considerate to others and giving. Not bad for almost 4!


(If my son could write I would make him tell his own story of giving but today I will help him along.)

A Little Help from a Friendly Neighbourhood Police Officer

I have always encouraged my son to stop and talk to police officers and wave as they drive by in their  fancy cars. I wanted him to know he could always go to a police officer for help any time, any where. Today we bumped into an officer in our neighbourhood as he was getting ready to leave in his car. He asked Nicolas if he would like a “police sticker” in which my son nodded his head enthusiastically. He noticed the officer had a whole bag of stickers and tatoos in his car.  He then asked the police officer if he could have enough stickers for his whole playcare group. He was heading to his last day before school started and he wanted to bring a gift for everyone. The police officer was kind enough to oblige my son and gave him enough for everyone.

Before heading to his final day of “play care” he made sure I had the bag full of gifts for everyone in his class. He did not save even one for himself, he gave them all out at class later that morning.

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” H. Keller

My son didn’t feed the homeless or rescue a stray dog but what he did do is start giving with others in mind. He Learned how good giving feels. How giving makes others happy and in turn makes you feel happy.

Congratulations Nicolas for starting your own personal giving journey!

How are you teaching your children to give?
How are we installing the values of giving rather than more than they ever need?

This is the generation that has the ability to change the world. Will you be part of helping this generation learn?

Time Commitment: 15 minutes

Cost: 0 A great Give by the Police officer

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)