Teaching Children to be Charitable – Part 2
While setting up some sort of direct debit offers an easy solution to giving to charity, for children, this doesn’t have the same impact. Kids need to see tangible evidence to learn from the experience – they need real things to personally hand over in order for the act to ‘count’. This could be offering a coin for a charity collection tin, or donating items of their own to give away. Instead of donating to a global organisation, think local.
Regularly cleaning out clothing drawers is a great way to teach children to be generous. Pre-loved toys or books are other common item to give away to charity. As you go through the process, explain where the items will be going and how they will be reused and treasured by others. For example, are they going direct to another family, or going to a charity shop where they will be on-sold at a cheaper price to not only help another family, but also to raise some money for a non-profit organisation?
Giving time through volunteering is another way to offer charitable support in a real way. Pick a local cause and keep an eye out for events or opportunities to volunteer and take the time to go with your child and work together. This is a wonderful way to reconnect with your child and spend some quality time together, and you will both feel great at the end of the experience. Whilst you will probably have to book your children into holiday workshops and camps over the coming holidays, maybe try and plan some time to explore volunteering somewhere if you can take some time off work.
When choosing charities for the family to support, allow the children to pick something close to their own hearts. That way, they will be more enthusiastic about contributing. You could even link this into a school holiday workshop that you plan; if you are doing a farm to table workshop you could make food your main focus and teach your children about other children that don’t have as much food as we have.
If your child has chosen to do an after school dance class, then maybe try and find a charity that is somehow linked to that; if your child already has an interest in what the charity is offering, they are more likely to become engaged in it.
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