Donation and Fun?
Donating might not be the activity your kids will enjoy, and charities understand that. The Mater foundation formed a charitable lottery to fight cancer; the lottery gives you a chance to win something substantial, a house, or a car. The proceeds of the lottery go to a charitable cause, so it’s a win-win scenario.
Donating blood is another important thing children can be taught to do without requiring the almighty dollar. Next time you go to the blood bank, take your children with you.
Explain why you’ve chosen to get involved in giving blood and why it’s so important. This will etch the thought into their minds and they’ll remember it when they have to make the choice later in life.
Let Birthdays Be About Others
Birthdays can be quite a nasty experience – children often compete for the latest toys and are spoiled rotten by parents. It drives the ‘me, myself and I’ attitude that really doesn’t bode well for adulthood.
Turn your child’s next birthday upside down and make it be about others instead. Organize a birthday party where kids bring presents for those down on their luck. These can then be collected and given to a local charity of your child’s choosing.
Pets Are Important Too
Charity is more than just giving to your fellow human being. Don’t let your children forget that animals are important as well. For example, next time you’re thinking about doing a good deed take dog or cat food to the nearest humane society or walk an elderly neighbors dog.
Talk To Your Kids
Don’t just limit verbal exchanges to telling your kids off or ordering them to do their chores or homework. Instead, try and involve them in an actual conversation – showing them a semblance of esteem can skyrocket their confidence and they’ll actually listen to what you’re saying.
According to research by the United Nations Foundation and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, talking to your kids about charity increases their propensity to give by around 20%. Staggering to think of the difference of a conversation, isn’t it?
Conversation is important as your kids might do all the motions that are necessary to help others, but they might not understand why they are doing what they are doing. That is why you also need to come up with a way to show them as much of the “finished product” as is possible.
All of these experiences will help your child into understanding that there’s more than ‘me’, that charity is an essential part of who they want to be. Remember, it’s not just about setting a good example but also about getting them involved. You won’t believe the results!
What types of charity events have your children been involved with in the past or plan on participating in the future?