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These comments reflect the concerns of parents at holiday time and throughout the year. They want to raise children who feel good about giving to others, but this generosity of spirit does not always come naturally to children. It is up to you as a parent to instill kindness and sensitivity toward others and to teach your children skills that reflect generosity.
Here are some suggestions to make the concept and the act of giving a part of your regular interactions with your children:. One way you can help your children understand what it means to give is to teach them the importance of sharing. Even these small examples of sharing can help your children understand, in simple and concrete terms, what it means to be generous. Do they reflect the same kindness and sensitivity to others that you would like your children to exhibit?
Do your children see you helping neighbors, giving to charity, or donating items to needy people? Often your children are unaware when you write checks for charity or they do not see you when you run an errand for an infirm neighbor or cook a double batch of dinner for a struggling family. Let them know when you perform acts of kindness. Tell your children how you feel when you make charitable contributions or buy things for those in need.
Take time at dinner or even while driving in the car to discuss what you do to help others and how it makes you feel. Ask your children to help you when you pack up donations of clothes or household items or when you help a friend. Spend an afternoon at a food bank or at a community clean-up project. Let them experience first-hand what it feels like to give their time to a cause. Get input from your children and include them in decisions about how your family is going to give to others or be charitable. When you see your children being generous, point it out and praise them.
Help them put into words the positive feelings they may have as they help others. If, for example, your son helps his sister find something she lost, tell him that was a kind thing to do and that he can feel proud for taking the time to help her. Introduce ideas and opportunities for your children to give time, contribute money, or donate personal items. Talk with them about ways they would want to give back: find activities that are aligned with their interests. For example, if your child loves animals, volunteering time or giving support to an animal shelter might be a good choice.
Children are more likely to be sincere in their helping efforts when they personally care about the cause. Younger children may find the concept of charitable giving a little confusing, especially if the cause does not directly touch their own lives. For example, children may not fully comprehend what it means to donate money to the Red Cross to help victims of a natural disaster. Instead, they may find it easier to understand giving a bag of cat food to a local animal shelter where they can actually see the animals.
This act makes it real for them. Another way of teaching your children to become generous involves your sharing parts of yourself with them. You can tell stories about your life, especially those involving times when you were charitable or participated in fund raising events as a youngster through school, scouts, or places of worship.
If you were ever the recipient of aid, you can talk about what it meant to you to receive a helping hand when you needed it. By sharing your history, you not only serve as a role model, but you also let your children know you more fully as a person. You will build stronger relationships with them which will allow you to continue to be a strong influence on their behavior and in their lives.
You can model generosity by being generous to your children. This can take the form of spending extra time with them, saying kind things to them, doing little extra things for them. For example, you can make them hot chocolate on a cold winter day or buy them a small toy that they really want but did not expect to receive. Help them think about what gifts would suit which people.
Children with certain temperament traits, such as somber moods or a slowness-to-adapt to new ideas, may have a greater difficulty letting go of their old or outgrown possessions. Highlight any small act of kindness they demonstrate, even if your son has only selected a single item to give away or has helped for only a short period of time.
Acknowledging even the smallest movement toward generosity will make it more likely that he will become even more generous in the future. When being generous feels personal and gratifying for everyone in the household, your children are more likely to grow into kind, charitable, and giving adults.
Patience and modeling on your part will go a long way toward helping your children to develop a spirit of generosity and to discover that giving can be the best gift of all. For more information about values, check out the following books. Purchasing from Amazon. Facebook Linkedin. The Center for Parenting Education. A resource to help parents do the best job they can to raise their children. Creating a Giving Generation Here are some suggestions to make the concept and the act of giving a part of your regular interactions with your children: Teach what it means to share One way you can help your children understand what it means to give is to teach them the importance of sharing.
Model generosity Think about your attitudes toward charity and what messages you send to your children. Talk about your feelings when you give Tell your children how you feel when you make charitable contributions or buy things for those in need.
Do you feel proud, helpful, kind, or generous? Do it together Ask your children to help you when you pack up donations of clothes or household items or when you help a friend. Praise the giving impulse When you see your children being generous, point it out and praise them. Create opportunities Introduce ideas and opportunities for your children to give time, contribute money, or donate personal items.
Making Giving Real Younger children may find the concept of charitable giving a little confusing, especially if the cause does not directly touch their own lives. Share your stories Another way of teaching your children to become generous involves your sharing parts of yourself with them. Be generous with your children You can model generosity by being generous to your children. Be patient Remember that some kids may be reluctant to donate their possessions, time, or money. The Parent's Corner. Search for:.Generous play day
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