Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Planting the Giving Seed in Children

"Children naturally look for ways to make a contribution and help others," says Deborah Spaide, founder of Kids Care Clubs, a national organization based in New Canaan, CT, that provides information on community-service projects for youngsters. "But just as we give our children opportunities to use their legs when they're learning to walk, we need to give them opportunities to exercise their charitable muscles so they become really good at giving too."

Here are a few ways to start:
1) Give in more ways than one: We tend to associate charitable giving with giving money, but encourage your children to experience charitable giving firsthand. This reinforces the concept and makes it easier to grasp.

2) Talk to your children about being charitable and selfless when opportunities present themselves in your daily lives, i.e. visiting someone in the hospital. Here is the story of how one mother educated her son's class.

3) Be a role model: If kids see you being charitable and helping out, they will too. 

Click here are a few more ideas.

The amazing thing is parents may get the biggest benefit due to the trickle off effect and the world will be better off for it!

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1 comment:

Buck Schleifer said...

Start teaching your children the virtues of charity at a young age, using their birthdays, while rewarding them with meaningful gifts!