We as Americans live in a spoiled, “Give me more” society. Teaching our children to be generous to others is a great way to break out of this flaw of society. Here are a few suggestions on how to do just that.
Be an example. Children learn by example above anything else. When kids see their parents giving to others, they will be more likely to be givers themselves. If you haven’t been much of a giver up to this point, now is the perfect opportunity to start giving. This not only benefits those you give to, but also provides you the chance to show your children how to give.
Let your children help you pack up donated items (clothing, books, etc.) and explain why you are giving the items to charity.
ALWAYS let your child see you when you do something good for others. Talking about generosity is good, but showing it is even better.
Let your children be active participants. Let your kids pick out toys that they have outgrown or don’t play with anymore and take them to goodwill, red cross thrift store, or other charitable organization. Allowing children to be involved in community humanitarian projects (adopt-a-block, March of Dimes, etc.) is a great way to teach generosity.
Consider giving donations of goods or money on a regular basis. Many programs let you sponsor a child or family on a monthly basis. This is a great opportunity for your children to become familiar with giving.
Christmas Angels. Many businesses and churches host Christmas Angel trees where your children can pick a less fortunate child to buy Christmas presents for. Take your child shopping and let them help pick out presents for the selected child.