It’s never too early to start educating children to contribute or engaging them with the concept of charity because giving has long-term effects that extend beyond the playgroup and the schoolyard. Today, we are becoming increasingly globalized, and we all want to make a difference in the world. Hence, teaching children about global issues can help them identify causes that are important to them, and developing empathy might help them communicate more effectively with others from all cultures and backgrounds.
According to research, children have a profound natural need to share and help others, even as young as toddlers—one study even indicated that young children prefer giving goodies to others more than receiving them. Helping your children realise the joy that comes from giving to others is the most significant way you can foster generosity in them.
During the pandemic, parents can make the most of this time to help kids understand why and how to assist those in need by adopting these five basic things.
Encourage Creative Thinking
What is the relationship between creative thinking and giving back? Consider how natural it is for children to desire to share and how creative their thoughts are. When you put those two things together, you get creative generosity—a generosity that children pick up on like a habit. Rather than imposing anything on the children, they are given the opportunity to exercise their imaginations to support the aspects of their lives that they value.
Start Generous Acts at Home
It may not be the ideal situation to bring your children to the centre of donations, volunteering, and fun runs at this time. So, allow the children to begin small by focusing on acts of generosity at home. For instance, assisting a sibling with a chore, sending letters to elderly relatives, and doing gardening for a healthy environment.
Have a Three-Bucket Approach for Allowances
If your children receive an allowance, educate them to line aside a portion of their allowance to things they wish to buy, a portion to saving, and a portion to donate to causes that are important to your family. If your children are younger, offer causes for them to consider, or if they are older, let them choose where they wish to donate.
Teach them through Examples
Since children are visual learners, the greatest approach to teach them about giving back is to model it yourself. “You must give in order to teach your children to give.” In addition to setting a positive example, have discussions about donating with your children. Explain why you’re donating your time or money to a specific cause.
Gathering Clothes for Donation
Clothing and shoes that no longer fit your child should be donated. Moreover, donating unused and gently worn items is a low-cost approach to teaching your child how to help others. Helping to address life-saving needs shows your child that we are all connected and valued.