Teaching Kids to Give Back

Monday, December 12 at 09:40 AM
Category: Personal Finance
“It’s better to give than to receive.” It's one of those old parental clichés that's especially popular during the holiday season when children excitedly make their gift lists. But, as much as children hate to hear it, the fact is, it's true. There are so many positive benefits that can come from giving our time to help others. The act of giving back can help boost self-esteem and happiness which are great gifts to bestow upon children.
 
If you want to teach your kids to experience the gift of giving back, here are some simple ways to get started:
  • Talk to your kids about people in need. For example, you might explain to your child that some people don't have the money to live in a home and have to live on the street. Or some people have lost their jobs and don't have the money to buy food. Help them understand that, even in small ways, they can play a part in helping someone in need. 
  • Make helping others a year-long activity. With toy drives and opportunities to make donations outside retail stores, the holiday season is a great time to teach kids about giving back. However, your lessons should not be limited to just that time of year. Help your children identify ways to give back to those less fortunate all year long. For example, you could help your children pick out food at the grocery store to donate to the food pantry, or ask them to help gather clothes or unused toys to give to children in need.
  • Walk the walk. As a parent, you are your children's role model. So, if they see you making the time to help others, they will want to emulate your behavior. You can also encourage volunteer activities to include the entire family. For example, if your children are older, you might consider all volunteering at a soup kitchen or food bank. Or, sign up to participate in an awareness walk for an organization dedicated to helping the less fortunate.
  • Identify little acts of kindness. Giving back doesn't have to be a complicated process; you can teach your children to help others every day in simple ways. For example, you might encourage a child to help an elderly neighbor carry groceries.
  • Make helping others a family ritual. At the dinner table each evening, you could ask your children to talk about ways they helped others that day.
Kindness is one the greatest gifts you can bestow upon your children. Give a little of your time to teach them how much it matters. 

Tags: Charitable Giving
HopeChennai on 10/31/2017 at 7:34 AM
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