As a parent without a doubt there are so many lessons that fall on our shoulders to teach our kids, but the lesson of giving back sometimes slips through the cracks. One of the most rewarding reasons to get involved in a community is to set a good example for kids. Whether donating money or time, giving back is beneficial and not just for the recipients.

The reward for a selfless acts can be a beautiful thing for both a community and a child’s future. But what are some of the ways adults can teach kids to give back and what age should adults begin encouraging them?

Giving back is just as much about volunteering as it is about philanthropy. Dr. Lois Winchell, child and family therapist at Argosy University, Sarasota, believes it should be a combination of both.

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