With the holidays just around the corner, there’s no better message to teach your kids than the values of giving back and being thankful. Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor focus on this idea with their two kids all year round!
Parents are supposed to set a good example for their children — that’s Ben Stiller‘s belief. “They pick up the good things you do and the bad things you do,” the 44-year-old Little Fockers star and father of two told to HollyBaby.com at the Project ALS Event at NYC’s Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge last night (Oct. 21). “That’s the good and the bad of being parents and is more challenging than anything.”
Ben and his wife Christine Taylor, 39, know that they’re “role models as parents” and are doing everything they can to teach their two children — daughter Ella, 8, and son Quinlin, 5 — right from wrong. “I think when you’re lucky to have things in your life and you’re brought up with that, it’s hard for kids to know what it’s like not to have that, because it’s not reality,” Ben says.
“So just try to put it out there to help other people,” Ben suggests. “They’re pretty aware. You just try to do it on every level.”
It seems that Ben and Christine are doing a pretty good job with their own kids as Ella has definitely picked up on the concept of giving back. “Our daughter did a lemonade stand and raised $120,” Christine smiles. “She donated it and gave it to her school’s fund that was donating to Haiti.”
“I think it’s good [to be involved with charity] personally because it gets you outside of yourself,” Ben says. “It’s easy to get caught up in your own problems. We all have problems and to be able to take a step back and see what you have and be grateful for what you have — it’s important!”
Wow! Ben and Christine sure do have the right thinking as parents! HollyMoms, don’t you agree that these values are extremely important to teach to your kids?