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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Have a charitable birthday: Encourage visitors to give charity gift cards and allow your child to choose which causes to support with each gift.
  7. 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

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