How to teach kids to be generous- simple tips
Do you wonder how to teach kids to be generous. It has to be said that here in the West we live in a very I centred world. Material possession and accumulation are a key concern for people and very sadly these 2 concerns stand head and shoulders these days above community can compassion. As parent s we know we want our children to grow to have compaxssionate hearts and be wonderful world citizens – budtut how do we do this. How do we teach them that being generous with their time, their words, their attentions and their wealth is actulaly extremly important.
Yes children need to learn that this is always a truth – in giving they receive too. It is not at all about loss for them it is about gain for everyone.
Several studies have shown that there is a connection between generosity and happiness- giving back to the community and to those around you can be a magical feeling, and you know that. However, this concept can be a bit tricky to help kids understand, and if that’s what you’re concerned about, here’s something to help you get started.
Read on to discover some simple and actionable tips about how you can raise your kids into being more generous!
Set an Example
Yes this one always comes for irst doesn’t it and for good reason, Role modelling is always key. You probably knew this one was coming, and yes, there’s a reason why this is at the top of the list of things you can do to raise your kids into being more generous. Yes, that means if you’re being generous with your family and friends, or even just volunteering once a month, your kid is watching you, and one day or the other, he’ll learn from it. You hvae to be the change to see the change and this is neve rmore tryue than with children.
A recent study has revealed that when parents who talked to their kids about charity and donation, their kids were more likely to be involved in such activities, and they grew up to be generous individuals. The next time your kid does an act of generosity, praise him- give him a pat on the back! Make this a subject that is discussed often, make it a family priortity and always make it a positive converstaion. Talk much more about what you can do than how hopeless a situation may seem. Encourage your child to be a helper and an activits rather than a passive worrier.
Make it a Priority
Remember that it isn’t just the school that is a learning ground for your children- your home is too. If the atmosphere at home is focused on joy, happiness, generosity and love, that is exactly what the kids will pick up. Every month, have your kids set out a little amount from their pocket money to donate. Everytime you go to the grocery store, have your kid grab a food item that he could donate afterwards- you get the drill! This needs to be both a regular and consistant part of their lifes till it becomes a habit and an automatic thought process.
Provide & Bless
There’s a difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and as a parent, you need to make sure that you’re providing your kid enough of what he needs, and occasionally, blessing him with his wants.I know it can be very difficult to keep t this – our inclinaton is to treat our child and always give them as much as we can. less though ( as if often the case) really is more.
So what does this look like in practice?
This means that you might have to say no to those huge games and extravagant devices- or at least, have them put up on the Christmas wish list. Of course, you can get him a little toy or treat him to that fancy ice-cream occasionally. This will help your kids understand the value of the little things in life, and help them become both generous and humble.
Go the ‘Book’ Way
You’ll be surprised to see how effectively you can get the message across for your little one if you do it through books. Pick from the tons of bedtime story books you’ll find- especially the ones that focus on generosity and selflessness. Some good choices to get you started are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin.
Create your own happy
My own book Create Your Own Happy has a whole section of activities evoted to ways to help kids be genrous towards others, These ideas range form them giving compliments, giving their time to an older person, being an includer and being a cherrleader. It is jam packed with happiness boosting activites to help reinforce these ideas. I think generosity cab be hyuge fun and fun is always a good way to introduce any learning.
5 heartwarming quotes about generosity
Ah, quotes can just be so inspiring can’t they – I just love these quotes on generosity
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes
“The heart that gives, gathers.” Tao Te Ching
“Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” Muhammad Ali
“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.” Anonymous
If you want to work on your own wellbeing do have a look at my post here on how to be more content
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