Giving back is an important part of life. Raising kids who understand that and have the capacity to care about others can be one of the most rewarding aspects of parenthood. Kids can learn about nonprofit charities from a young age, so don’t hesitate to start the process.
You always want to educate your children in a way they won’t make them scared or defensive. You can explain that we need charities that support kids because not all children have all the things that your family does. Or you can talk about the many difficult situations, like natural disasters, that leave people in need of assistance.
Go slowly and gauge how each child is reacting. Information like this in big doses can be overwhelming for small children.
Giving back to the community doesn’t necessarily mean giving money. There are many ways your children can start to develop the habit of giving back and caring about others.
Helping an elderly person to cross the road, holding a door in a grocery store for a mom with a baby, donating unwanted clothes or toys to a thrift store are all great ways to be kind and considerate of others.
Sign up to lend a hand at your local pet shelter and explain the work being done there to your child. Participate in a beach cleanup day. Lend a hand at a food bank, where help is needed sorting and distributing food and talk about the importance of food donations. They could all be great bonding experiences with your child and a great life lesson.
Set a powerful example and make this part of your daily routine. Show appreciation for everyday things like food, home, car, toys or good health. Explain that not all people in the world have these things and point out how fortunate your family is.
You can’t change the world overnight but raising a child who is kind and thoughtful and willing to give back to the community is a wonderful way to start.
As a children’s charity that relies on the kindness and generosity of wonderful people in our community like you who are willing to make donations to children in need, all of us at Deliver the Dream want you to know that your efforts will be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information about helping others, contact us.