How to Raise a Giving Child

The author named her daughter after her famously generous grandmother. But that was just a start.

Author Harriette Cole with her daughter, Carrie Chinsee (Akilah Rhone)

Most important is that as a family we demonstrate to our daughter that the spirit of giving is the way to live your life. As was the life of her namesake, Carrie is being taught that the best way to live is to share the goodness of your life with others. What’s gratifying is for us to see how naturally Carrie aligns with this thinking. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that she was born nine years ago during Thanksgiving week.

Harriette Cole is the president of Harriette Cole Media and a contributing editor to The Root. Follow her on Twitter.