There are many ways we educate our children, and most of those ways to not involve sitting behind classroom furniture. Rather, they are actions we take to show what is important to us. Here is a list of some things parents can do to teach their children the value of giving.
• Donate Clothing: Periodically go through your closets and drawers in search of clothes which are still in good condition, but for whatever reason, are not worn any more. Help your children do the same thing with their own clothing. With your children in tow bring the clothing to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, and have the volunteer there explain what their organization will now do with the clothes. This is one lesson that you can be sure your children will not forget.
• Be a Helpful Neighbor: “Charity begins at home” is a wise saying. After your needs and the needs of your family are met, the next place to help someone is right in your own neighborhood. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbor that needs some groceries that you can pick up for her. Maybe there is a new mom on your street that can use a hot cooked meal or someone to babysit older children so she can get some rest. Being a helpful neighbor breeds a feeling of friendship and closeness that makes life deep and meaningful.
• Set a wonderful example of giving by donating blood. This life-saving activity shows you care at the most basic level, and will impress your children with the importance of this simple, generous act.
Get your kids involved in reaching out and helping beyond their classroom tables. Let them come up with their own ideas of how to make their world a better place to live.