We strive to teach our children a number of character traits and values. There is nothing more rewarding then the moments we see that they get it, and in so doing, teach us as well! Two of these values are generosity and compassion. We want our children to see those hurting and in need and be moved with compassion like Jesus modeled to us in His time on earth. We try hard to model and teach our children what it means to manage your money and belongings well so that you are freed up to be generous.
I was deeply touched to see both of these values lived out in the last week with my 23 month old daughter (yes - even toddlers can grasp these concepts!).
Both of our children had received special helium baloons from their Grandma for Valentine's Day. At one point, Josiah came running out of his room in hysterics. He held a crumpled balloon in one hand. He tearfully explained that his balloon had gotten stuck in his ceiling fan and broke. Throughout his explanation, Ainsleigh stood next to him watching and listening. After Josiah finished telling his story, his little sister looked up at him and immediately handed her prized balloon to him. She then joyfully ran around the room cheering with excitement to be able to show compassion and generosity to her brother. It was very sweet and moving for me as a parent to witness. Ainsleigh did not hestiate. She did not stop herself out of selfishness. She did not regret her decision to be generous. She celebrated!
My 23 month old daughter ended up teaching me about compassion and generosity this week!