Developing Philanthropic Children
This Sunday is Father’s Day. As the proud parent of a 4 year old I can honestly say that I have learned a lot about being a parent. Some things I intuitively knew how to do. Other things I had to learn along the way. And in hindsight there are probably a few things I wish I would have done differently.
This got me thinking. As parents we’re continually learning, but what are we teaching our kids? If things like giving are a learned behavior, what are we doing as parents to actively teach our children about the importance of philanthropy?
Sure, any parent who has lived through the terrible twos can attest that a certain amount of self-focus is natural among children this age. However, despite the tantrums, and the “it’s mine” and the “I want” children are amazingly aware that there is a broader world around them. Since they're paying attention to our lead, I think the key to raising a giving child starts with being part of a giving family.
Here are a couple of easy ways to get your children involved:
Providing positive examples to our children will help them become passionate about giving, show them that their actions can make a difference, and form a meaningful connection to a larger world.
Reply to this post with any examples you use with your kids, or programs your NPO has to help parents educate their kids about the importance of giving back.
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