It’s probably safe to say that most of us want to raise our kids to be kind and generous to others, but maybe aren’t sure how to go about instilling such qualities. Here are some ideas from the BreadVault team on how to raise a charitable child and make generosity commonplace within your home environment:
Set a good example
Most young kids imitate the behaviors of their parents. If you want to raise a generous child, setting a good example for them with charitable giving is a huge step in the right direction.
Talk about causes
Before making a charitable donation, talk about the cause. What is their mission? Who or what are they trying to help? What do they need the most to help them in their efforts?
Talk about giving
When giving your time or money to a cause, talk about why you are doing so and how you are hoping to help. Make sure they understand the reason behind your gift.
Encourage kids to donate
Whether it’s a canned good to a food pantry, toys that aren’t getting played with to needy kids, or a sum of money to a charitable organization, encourage your kids to donate.
Encourage kids to volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to get kids involved with causes while teaching them about service to others. It also teaches them that not all charitable contributions need to be tangible.
Include the whole family
Have your kids help plan a family project or family outing that is meant to benefit a charitable cause. Family bonding while helping others… win-win!