As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be successful. We also want them to be grateful for what they have and compassionate to those in need.
Teaching children the spirit of giving, showing them the importance of thinking of others and modeling kindness are impactful ways to help them grow into productive and loving members of our community.
Children learn by observing their parents. They notice when you serve others and express thankfulness.
As your child watches you generously give your time and energy to charitable causes, they will be more apt to become givers themselves. Show appreciation for all that you have, including the small things.
EXPECTATION TO SERVE
Children thrive when parents have clear expectations for behavior and enforce those standards consistently. They need to know their contribution to serving others is valuable and very much part of your family’s mission.
YOUR WORDS MATTER
When you see your child being generous, thank them. This gives them confidence and reinforces positive behavior.
Encourage your child from an early age to help others. Everyday moments offer children a chance to make a difference, whether it be a random act of kindness or a sincere gesture.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
As they grow up, give your child opportunities to serve. Generosity includes being generous with our time and skills.
Teach your child how to make others feel welcome. It could be a new friend at school or a new family in the neighborhood. Show care and concern, and ask if they need anything to get settled into their new life.
Some examples of hospitality in action, in which children can be involved, are baking cookies, helping unpack or making a list of local places to eat/play/ worship.
MAKE IT A TRADITION
Family traditions hold a special place in our hearts. Add a new tradition to serve your community together. As a family, pick a cause or charity with a meaningful mission you want to support.
THE JOY OF GIVING
In time, with your guidance and example, your child can find true happiness in giving rather than receiving. Giving can expand their understanding, develop their skills and provide them with a sense of purpose.
MAKE IT THEIR OWN
Ask your children if there is a cause close to their heart. Help them find ways to contribute by serving, volunteering or fundraising.