How to Get Your Kids Interested
in Doing Good
with all your heart, but let’s face the facts: Kids tend to only think about
themselves. From the time they are born to when they call you from their
college dorm room asking for more spending money, your kids are inclined to
think primarily about themselves.
become entitled — but, as a parent, you have the power to thwart the
development of egocentric characteristics and replace them with positive,
philanthropic ideals every thriving community needs.
world, you can begin building compassionate traits in his or her little
personality. Here are some top tips to encourage benevolence in your kids.
1. Donate Old, Unwanted Items
more than half of that stuff is no longer needed or desired. Instead of letting
it decay while more stuff piles on top, you can use it to foster the values of
sustainability and community in your kids. Twice a year, in the spring and fall
— or more frequently, if your storage spaces require it — gather your kids and
systematically sort through everything in the drawers, closets, and cupboards
of your home. You should make three distinct piles: save, donate, and throw
away. Most likely, after a couple of hours, you will have a sizeable pile of
stuff that you can give to needy families and individuals in your area.
can also find larger items to donate to
charitable causes. Cars, boats, appliances, furniture, and more are all
avidly sought after by organizations, and you can demonstrate even more
generosity to your kids by giving these valuable items away instead of selling
them for cold hard cash.
2. Volunteer Often
but sometimes the most altruistic donation is that of your time. If your kids
see you putting time into your community through your volunteerism, they will
learn that maturity requires active compassion. When they are old enough, you
can start bringing your kids along to volunteer
opportunities where they are welcome, like any of the following:
seniors in assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
meals to those unable to prepare or procure food.
up litter around community, especially in green spaces.
to welcome immigrants or refugees just entering the country.
a street or monument and maintaining it financially and physically.
for volunteers in every city around the U.S., so you and your kids will never
find your desire to help unanswered.
crafts project, and you can give direction to kids’ explosive creativity with
projects designed to help others. There are hundreds of small items, letters,
and packages that needy people look forward to receiving, so you could feasibly
organize a different caring craft project for every day of the year. Here are
and easy ideas to get you started:
notes with drawings to public servants
more complicated crafts for others, like baked goods, knitted scarves, and
birdhouses, which can be given away or sold to generate a donation fund.
4. Be Prominent in Your Community
community, the less likely your kids are to develop a giving nature. Instead of
just donating time and items every once and a while, you should regularly
participate in activities and events that are close to home. For example, you
can organize a block party to engage your neighbors, or you can plan a
community-wide carnival to mix and mingle with people from your greater area.
volunteering, and participating in community events — is not only beneficial
for your kids’ upbringing; it makes you and the world around you better in
every way. Strong communities are more likely to be mentally and physically
healthier and have less crime and poverty. However, to achieve these highly
desirable results, you must cultivate importance in giving back, which starts
with you and your kids.