Study: Children Inherit Giving Habits from Parents

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Parents have major influence on wether their children will grow up to become charitable-minded adults, a new study by Grey Matter Research revealed.

The group found people are 145 times more likely to volunteer if their parents frequently volunteered.

Among those who say their parents gave money to a church while growing up, 55 percent now do the same. For those whose parent's did not donate, only 24 percent make charitable contributions.

The study also found it's not only important for parents to give, but to also discuss giving with their children.

"What we've found through a lot of different ways and a lot of different research is that intentional parenting makes a difference," Grey Matter Research leader Ron Sellers said.

"You can't just not smoke and hope your kids aren't going to smoke. You have to talk to them about the dangers of smoking, and put in place things that will help them not be smokers," he explained. "And we really see this when it comes to supporting non-profit organizations with time or money."

"Parents who do these things intentionally end up raising kids who behave the way that they did," he continued.

Sellers added that churches should use this information to encourage parents to talk with their children about giving and volunteering.

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