How to teach your kids to give back this holiday season

We all want to instill our most cherished values in our children. If you are someone who really cares about helping others, you are probably wondering how to make sure your kids feel the same way. Fortunately, kids are sensitive and responsive learners, so you will have no problem teaching them the importance of giving back.

Let your children know how lucky they are. It can be tempting to try and shield your child from all the negative things in the world. But while making them feel safe is of the utmost importance, it is also essential to make sure they don’t take their blessings for granted. If your kids are aware of life’s struggles, they will be more inclined to give back.

Set an example. If you want your children to understand the importance of giving back, you must embody those principles yourself. Talk to them about empathy and compassion for all.Alpha and her brother Momo sitting outside their home in Sierra Leone If you donate monthly to charity, let them know which ones and why.

Do a charity project with them. Kids learn best through action, so start teaching them while they are young to give their time to charity. One fun option is to help your child run a hot chocolate stand for the day. They can donate the proceeds to a charity that you pick together. Let them know how much good even a little money can do. For example, a $50 donation to Beautiful World has the power to sponsor an African girl’s education for an entire month.

Start this holiday season and carry on for the rest of the year. What are you waiting for?

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