Brad and Angie: Teaching the Spirit of Giving


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There is something about those Jolie-Pitts that's just darn impressive. Angelina and Brad have created a Christmas tradition that doesn't involve exorbitant spending and mounds of splashy toys and gifts. Instead, "The rule is that everyone's got to make something for someone else, you got to put time into it. Then, when they give to each other, it's really sweet," says the proud dad, according to


It helps that they've avoided letting their brood: Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, 5, Zahara Marley, 3 ½, Shiloh Nouvel, 2 ½, and fraternal twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 5 months, watch American commercials. I've noticed myself how commercials set in motion a series of  "I wants" for most kids. I want this, I want that! I try to only let my kids watch Noggin and PBS Kids in particular, precisely because they don't do the commercial thing.

Most kids see the holidays as a time of receiving gifts. But increasingly, parents are recognizing that creating anticipation and expectation about getting material things, isn't always the best lesson. The spirit of giving and sharing is perhaps the most important value of the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate.

How do you teach your kids that giving is as cool as getting?

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