Indeed, nothing is compared to the joy of doing good for others.
We being parents enjoy pampering our kids with endless exciting stuff but do our children feel the same joy when they are asked to share their new toys with others?
Introducing the concept of gratitude and selflessness to children is one of the best gift a parent can ever give as it will last a lifetime and help your kids become a better person. Generosity doesn’t come itself but need to be taught by the parents in such a way that it is remembered and practiced all their life. Festive holiday season is almost here and it’s the best time to make your child embrace the joy of giving and helping others.
Let’s look at few ideas for how to engage your children in activities that emphasizes the importance of giving and instills kindness/compassion in them-
- The joy of giving starts with sharing so always encourage your kids to share their toys with others. How about arranging a get-together for the children and plan some activities that involve sharing and turn-taking?
- Being possessive about your own stuff is a natural feeling but make your kids learn the importance of sharing. Taking your kids to orphanage where they can donate some clothes and food to little kids can be a great idea. Also, encourage them to play with those little kids as it will develop a sense of caring and compassion for others. Empower them to serve.
- What most inspires a child to grow up caring about others is the caring that the child receives. Never miss a chance of praising your children when they make a sacrifice and help others, no matter how small it may seem. Love and attention is all your kids ask for in return.
- Extend their giving circle to house help and community workers while thanking them for the work they do all year long. Even your child’s used toys and old clothes would do wonders in bringing a pleasant smile on their faces. Make the act of donation a very meaningful experience for your little one
- Read your child stories of Mother Teresa who rightly illustrate the joy of giving and acts as a great example to follow. Books like ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein and ‘The Giving Book’ by Ellen Sabin can also be discussed to make them understand the importance of caring and sharing.
- Make sure that your children address others respectfully, even when they are tired or distracted. Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.
- Be a strong role model as children learn most of their ethical values by watching their parents so tailor your actions accordingly especially when kids are with you. Don’t trash talk even if you are upset or angry.
Giving is not just about money and wealth but the sacrifice you make to help others. It’s about sharing few words of sympathy and love with the ones in need. ‘The more you give of yourself, the more you find yourself’