7 Simple Giving Acts to Teach to your Children
A sign hangs in our kitchen that says, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
A simple statement, but full of meaning. Gratefully, my children, for the most part, understand well that when we help one another, we are helping create a better world. However, moments happen when it becomes difficult for them to give things they are attached to (especially my youngest). When that happens, I realize that a fun activity is often the best way to keep them engaged while teaching them the important value of giving. What I know for sure is that the more I let them direct the process of giving, whether it was volunteering, fund-raising, helping elders, the greater the involvement they will feel, and the more they will learn from the experience. In addition, it gives them a powerful boost in self-esteem to realize they can make a difference in someone\’s life. So, here are some exciting ways to help your child discover the joy of giving:
- Start a donation jar: Encourage your child to share a portion of their own money by setting aside a ‘Donations’ jar. Each time the jar fills up, give them the opportunity to pick a charity they would like to support.
- Help your child plant a tree: Teach them that giving is receiving so when they plant a tree now, they will receive its shade in the future.
- Wash neighbors’ cars for free: This teaches them that giving to and receiving from others isn\’t always about money; time and caring are valuable too.
- Donate your blood: Take your child with you so they see you as a model of giving. Talk to them about why you chose to donate blood and what you hope it will accomplish by doing this.
- Encourage your child to clean out old toys: that they might have outgrown to make room for new ones and deliver them as a donation to a local charity.
- Have a charitable birthday: Encourage visitors to give charity gift cards and allow your child to choose which causes to support with each gift.
- Visit the charity and bring your child along with you: It is important to show them where his clothes, toys, or money are going, and how they are making an impact in another person’s life.
Remember to always make it a family matter. The best way to teach children is by modeling the behaviors we want to see. With a little assistance and direction from us and with constant, long-term reinforcement, we will help them grow up into well-rounded adults who work hard, play hard, and give hard.
Source: 360 Moms