In today’s world of technology and mass advertisement it can be challenging to find ways to raise a compassionate and kind philanthropic child. Here are some ways to get your child involved and interested in making a difference in the world:
Designate a volunteer day once a month together.
Whether you are spending your time at a local food bank sorting through items or cleaning up garbage in a park a few short hours of your time will help build a philanthropic child. Let them be involved in deciding where to spend their time based on their interests.
Do they love animals? Give the local shelter a call and find out if you can volunteer to walk some dogs together.
Are they a reading junkie? Maybe they would be interested in helping out at the library or collecting books to give to children at a local shelter.
Encourage them to donate.
When you give them an allowance let them know that you expect them to pay it forward and give a portion to a charity, it could be as little as 10% or as much as 50% depending on your preference. Let them pick who they want to give it to and come with you to give the donation.
Look for social events with a good cause.
If the city is calling for volunteers to help clean up in the park try to get together with some other parents and participate as a group. The children can have fun together knowing their day was worth-while and maybe celebrate afterwards with some ice cream.
Have them go through old toys and clothing to donate.
At least twice a year have them go through their clothes and toys to sort out what they don’t want anymore. Sure, it would be faster if you do it but this will let them see first-hand how many extra things they have. After you figure out what is getting donated, give them a few choices of who it should be given to.
Write a letter or make a card.
Let them decide who could use a cheering up. Whether it is thanking a soldier for their service or sampling sending some well wishes to an elderly neighbor writing something out will give them an opportunity to see how valuable these people are.
Lead by example.
When you are out with your child try to incorporate small random acts of kindness into your routine. It could be something as simple as holding the door for someone or letting a person go ahead of you in line but it will allow your child to see the importance of being kind.