Teaching Children to be Charitable – Part 1
In a world with so much uncertainty, diversity and hardship, teaching your children the kind art of charity is more important than ever.The virtues of a kind heart and the willingness to help will take your child far in any life they choose for themselves, and in return, they will pass on this trait to others.
There are many ways you can teach children to be generous by giving to charity; here are a few ways to help you and your family on the way.
There is no doubt that charity begins at home. The first step to encouraging charitable behaviour in young people is to model it yourself. This doesn’t have to mean grand gestures or expensive donations, but kids will notice the simple, everyday tokens that help another person. This could be helping a friend by watching their kids after school or taking them to a holiday workshop with your child. It could be offering to help carry heavy items when you see another struggling, or running an errand for someone while you are out and about. This will normalise ‘helping’ in various ways and open your child’s mind to ways they can help others.
Children are naturally self-absorbed and it is normal for them to forget about the outside world while they are going through so much growth and development themselves. However, take a few moments regularly to speak to them about the hardship others face, both here and abroad. Without making them feel sad or guilty, outline how lucky they are to live in a safe environment where food, shelter and clean water is readily available.
When you see a charity collection on the street, encourage your child (with supervision and support) to pop a coin in the tin, or speak to the volunteer about what they do and why. Use the experience to talk to your child more about the about the cause and others similar causes. This will also help them learn about the various charities and they may even find one they would like to regularly contribute to themselves.
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