Valentine’s Day isn't just chocolate hearts and gushy cards, it can teach our children a lot, and not just about love and feelings.
Valentine’s Day provides children with the experience of giving to others without necessarily knowing they’ll receive anything in return. We talk a lot about ‘earning, saving and spending’ here at goHenry, however ‘giving’ is another vital part of learning about money. Here are just some of the valuable lessons about giving something to others that Valentine’s Day can teach your children and teens:
- Sometimes, your gift will not be appreciated. This can be very tough. As is often the case when it comes to receiving something, people act in a certain way because they are surprised or shocked or maybe don’t know what to say. An important lesson here is that, just because someone doesn’t immediately seem grateful, doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate what you’ve given them.
- Sometimes you might give someone something and not get anything in return – again, this is part and parcel of life. Understanding that if you spend money, you don’t always get anything yourself, but instead you’re investing in a relationship or giving because it makes someone else feel good – which makes you feel good. Giving is a selfless act and you may never actually see the return of your generosity.
- Sometimes other people, such as your best friend at school, will get things and you won’t. This may seem unfair, but that is just the way the world works. Sometimes you’ll be that person and others will think it unfair. Learn to accept this and be happy because your friend, who you care about, is happy.
- Sometimes you’ll know how appreciated your generosity was because the person will tell you themselves. This is what you’ve been waiting for, because giving to people and seeing how much they appreciate what you’ve done for them is one of life’s greatest rewards.