How To Raise Generous Children
One of the best and most important gifts we could give to our children, is to teach them the concept of generosity! Here is a short list with ideas to introduce your kids to the concept of giving.
“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better” –Shakespeare.
One of the best and most important gifts we could give to our children, is to teach them the concept of giving!
Sharing toys does not come naturally to all kids, and it is a continuous and learning process. Most parents’ intention is to raise kind and generous children that will try to make this world a better place.
Easy to say, difficult to do. So, when is it the best time to start talking to children about generosity?
You must have thought about supporting a charity as a family, but you were unsure if your young kids would be able to understand such a big concept. Remember -you are their role model, and being the one offering every day, could set a great example for them to follow. Seeing you being kind and generous to those in need, will help them imitate you easier!
By sharing and giving, children discover that their actions can influence and change someone else’s life positively. Sharing a toy or food is not a big deal, yet it makes a huge difference to the receiver.
Here is a short list with ideas to introduce your kids to the concept of giving. A friendly advice -involve your kids to every action, starting from the simplest and developing eventually.
Look out for every day opportunities to teach your children to be generous and kind to others. Help a fellow citizen, give food to the homeless, or cook something for your sick neighbor. Give extra snacks to your children so that they can share with their friends or with a classmate who forgot their snack. Such simple actions teach children the importance of sharing with others!
Encourage them to share their toys, even their favorite ones. Between the age of 6 and 8, kids begin to understand what generosity is, since they develop empathy toward others.
Search for toys your kids no longer play with, or that are too old and you want to get rid of and donate them to those in need. You could donate to charities, children hospitals, foster homes, or anywhere else. Children will pick up what you did and imitate you easily!
Make sure your kids are involved personally in the process, and that they chose themselves what they want to donate. It is very important for them to participate and feel the enjoyment of giving to/sharing with others.
Do not forget to always reward your kids during this process, so that they feel confident and respectful. This can be done only if they know that you approve and support their actions. This year let them be the Santa Claus to all those that they are not able to receive a gift for Christmas. Teach them about the real meaning of Christmas which is unconditional love.
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