All of us here at The Motherhood are thrilled and honored to be on the team that is helping to launch Giving Tuesday, now in its second year.

On December 3rd, we hope you will join us to celebrate Giving Tuesday, a movement that designates a national day of giving following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity,” according to GivingTuesday.com.

Isn’t Giving Tuesday the best idea!?

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Beginning this week, The Motherhood is hosting “12 Days of Giving” on our blog in celebration and anticipation of Giving Tuesday.  Each day leading up to December 3rd, The Motherhood will feature bloggers and their creative approaches to celebrating Giving Tuesday with their families and communities.   We will post across our social media channels and to a special Giving Tuesday Pinterest board.

Come back to this post daily for new links to posts describing how others have given back in years past, how they plan to contribute to those in need this year, the conversations they’ve had with their children about doing good, and what Thanks + Giving means to them, among other topics.

Please support Giving Tuesday and share your efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest with the hashtag #GivingTuesday to help spread the word.  Another option: Take a photo, tag it #unselfie and #GivingTuesday and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram between now and December 3.

Giving Tuesday came about because the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation teamed up to launch the movement in 2013.  In the first year, Giving Tuesday was a huge success, with charities recording a 53% increase in giving on average that day.  This year, already more than 5,000 partners have signed on.

We hope you’ll join the Giving Tuesday tradition and consider contributing your own time, money, and/or efforts to a cause you believe in this year. Tell us about your plans to give back and links to your photos and posts in the comments!

Day 1
Jessica, Found the Marbles: Get Ready for Giving Tuesday
Liz, A Nut in a Nutshell: Save the Date – #GivingTuesday
Janel, A Mom’s Take: Do You Celebrate Thanks + Giving? #GivingTuesday

Day 2
Jessica, Found the Marbles: Gifts That Give Back: Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Day 3
Elena, LiveDoGrow: Take Action and Give Back on Giving Tuesday
Jessica, A Parent in Silver Spring: #GivingTuesday 2013: Easy Ways We Can Help

Day 4
Shell, Not Quite Susie Homemaker: How Will You Give Back on #GivingTuesday?
Tésa, 2 Wired 2 Tired: Giving Tuesday: A National Day of Giving

Day 5
Linsey, Lille’ Punkin: Will you support #GivingTuesday? I will!
Adrienne, The Mommy Mess: 10 Ways to Join the Giving Tuesday Movement!

Day 6
Tracie, From Tracie: Giving Tuesday: Get Your Kids Involved
Brett, This Mama Loves: Teaching Children the Importance of Giving Back
Roxanne, Children Teaching Mama: Teaching Children About Thanks + Giving This Holiday Season

Day 7
Emily, Baby Dickey: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and GIVING TUESDAY
Lee, My Sentiment ExactLee: How Do I Involve My Kids in Giving Tuesday?
Kristy, The Wicked Noodle: Mark Your Calendars – Dec 3rd is #GivingTuesday!
Ilina, Dirt & Noise: It’s not called Thanksgetting.

Day 8
MaryBeth, Baby Saver$: How Do You Teach Kids to Give back? #GivingTuesday
Nicole, Pretty Opinionated: Inspiring My Son to Give Back During the Holidays #GivingTuesday
Renae, How to Have it All: Encouraging the Spirit of Giving #GivingTuesday

Day 9
Vanessa, The Queen of Swag: Giving Back on My Giving Tuesday Birthday! #GivingTuesday
Jennifer, Double Duty Mommy: Giving Tuesday | National Day of Giving
Xenia, Thanks, Mail Carrier: Encourage Philanthropy in Your Children This Season and Beyond by Participating in Giving Tuesday {#GivingTuesday}

Day 10
Tiffany, Stuff Parents Need: Giving Tuesday: What I am Teaching My Daughter About Giving This Year
Felicia, Go Graham Go: Encouraging the Spirit of Giving with Kids #GivingTuesday
Roxanna, The Jolly Blogger: Cultivating the Spirit of Giving in Your Children #GivingTuesday

Day 11
Jill, Just Jilly: Teaching Your Kids to Give Back #GivingTuesday
Ellen, Confessions of an Overworked Mom: Giving Tuesday Ideas and Giving Back
Donna, Blog by Donna: Spark the Joy of Giving Early and It Will Last a Lifetime #GivingTuesday

Day 12
Stephanie, A Grande Life: #GivingTuesday
Mary, Giving Up On Perfect: Giving Tuesday and Mercy House Kenya
Hanan, Lilac City Momma: How Do You Encourage the Spirit of Giving With Your Children? #GivingTuesday