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5 ways to teach your child the spirit of charity
 

As parents and carers, we all want our children to grow up healthy, happy and successful. We also want our children to be thankful for what they have been given and have empathy compassion for those in need. Teaching your children, the spirit of giving, showing them the importance of thinking of others, and modelling kind behaviour are important to help children grow into productive and loving members of our world.
 

Children who volunteer are more likely to have a greater respect for others, leadership skills, and an understanding of citizenship that can carry over into adults.
 

Here are some ideas to get started, even from a young age:
 

1. Pay it forward. Small acts of kindness can help someone who is having a bad day see the good in the world and help us feel positive about ourselves. Model this and explain to your children when you are doing it and why.
 

2.Volunteer. Teach your child how to give by giving something priceless—time and energy. If you have the time why not volunteer to help in your child’s school either during the day or at a school event. As a family, pick a local place to volunteer, scouting groups/litter picking or at the summer school fayre.

 

3.Donate. Giving away unused or unwanted used items is a great way to show your child how to help someone in need. Take your children with you when you donate and why not buy something for your family from the charity to show the importance of recycling and donations. 
 

4. Give. You don’t have to give much, but monetary donations are always needed. Give when and if you can. As a family, pick a cause or charity to which you are interested in giving.
 

5. Talk about need in our society. From a young age try to talk to your children about those less fortunate than us: this can start early with discussions around homelessness or animals in need and as the children grow older, share the news with them and start healthy discussions will all lead to them developing their own sense of empathy and kindness towards others.

 

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