Parents often have a difficult time separating kids from their old toys and introducing them to ideas of helping others.
Though at a young age families and schools teach young kids to share, they gain a greater sense of self as they progress from their formative years. But teaching them about the gift of giving could play a major role in developing their identity, thus is crucial that you have your children involved in charity at an early age.
In an article published on Huffington Post, author of Family Whispering, Melinda Blau pointed out that “charity begins at home; as does empathy, generosity, kindness, responsibility, honest and a host of other relationship-building traits that make life worth living.”
All of these traits are taught by those that are closest to us: our parents, siblings, and extended family members. As parents, our duty is to make sure our children grow up to be good to themselves, do good unto others, and pass those habits down to their future children.
All kids are born with an inclination towards charity, and it’s up to parents to harness that as early as possible. A study conducted by Fidelity Charitable, an organization that manages donor-advised funds, revealed that the children getting involved with charity are starting at younger ages and that 94 percent of parents either taught or were continually teaching their kids to donate.
One good way to tap into your child’s innate sense of giving is by letting them know there are children all over the world that are underprivileged, malnourished, uneducated, and orphaned. Introduce your kid to child sponsorship programs and how they help children in need, as there are many things that they can learn from them.
UnaKids, an organization that primarily supports orphaned children in war-torn countries with educational pursuits, could hopefully allow your own children to reflect and possibly encourage the entire family to keep an orphan in school, while other charities that focus on giving children in poverty- and famine-stricken regions gain access to education could help them appreciate their own conditions more.
But international charities aren’t the only way to get your child interested in charity. Animal shelters, food drives, and any other causes that benefit your neighborhood will keep you and your family active in your local community, all the while spending good quality time with each other.
Turn charity work into an opportunity for family bonding. To find out how else you can make philanthropy fun and rewarding for the entire family, Carol Weisman’s, Raising Charitable Children is a great read for parents with a passion for community service.
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