I would like to thank Anita Reid for taking the time to share valuable ways for kids to get involved and learn about charity work at a young age. It is amazing how many places are willing to allow children the opportunity to help other people in need. Charity work can even be done in and around your neighborhood too!
Today’s society is driven by commercialism, having the latest and greatest, and life can often turn into a battle to better the Joneses. Kids are easily led into this as well, which can reverberate into adulthood. It’s a recipe for an unhappy life where the important stuff takes a back seat to the superficial.
That’s why it’s so vital to teach your children about charity right from the get go. It’s not just paying lip service to good causes or doing token gestures either. That’s not going to stick in the long term. It’s about getting truly involved and making a real difference.
Why It’s Important
While charity has intrinsic value by helping others, that’s not all there is to it. Charity also helps your children grow up to be responsible adults that are grounded and aware of what truly matters. Ultimately, they’ll become well-rounded individuals that know the importance of charity.
Teaching them all of this early in life will make a real impact. Children absorb what they experience early in life like sponges – things they learn, see and do during those formative years are crucial ingredients to how they will become as adults.
Fundraisers are a great way to raise money for a worthy cause. You can sit down with the kids and brainstorm about a cause that they would like to raise funds for. They can include their friends from the neighbourhood or classmates from school to help them with it. You can plan the best school fundraisers and teach the kids about the inherent goodness of charity.
Children Want to Make a REAL Difference
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating your kids. They’ll smell a rat a mile away. For example, taking them to a soup kitchen where it’s packed to the brim with volunteers just won’t do. They’ll soon realise they’re surplus to requirements. The trick is in finding something where they will feel valuable and can make a tangible contribution.
Instead of having your kids there for decoration, why not try the following?