Developing the values of generosity and compassion in children to make the world a better place has become especially significant now, in view of the rising large-scale humanitarian crises globally.Teaching charity and kindness is important as instilling the values of honesty, humility, gratitude, responsibility, and general education in kids. (Click Here for a list of great values you can teach your kids.
)As a parent you recognize the need to teach kids generosity and compassion. But, how do you teach and instill the value of social responsibility in your children?Here are six pointers that can help you adopt the best ways to teach children to be more empathetic and charitable!Taking up a charitable causeChildren at a tender age are exposed to the concept of ‘mine’ vs ‘yours’ and can fight with other children while playing. Teaching them how to share at home at a toddler’s age can help your kid learn to be considerate all through their childhood.Adopt a charitable cause while they are young and volunteer time, effort, food, clothing and money – whichever is possible.
Donate time or money or things. Do whatever you can, generously.Set an exampleLeading by example is the best way of teaching your children to be considerate and kind-hearted.
At the age of 5 or 6, kids are said to start differentiating between rights and wrongs, and look toward parents to teach them.So, strive to develop these values in yourself and your kids will automatically follow your example. Become their role models.
Be kind and considerate.Tell StoriesRecite stories from religious, spiritual and historical texts in a simple understandable fashion, emphasizing on the moral of the story. For example, narrate a story about how generous Lord Krishna was to his poor friend Sudama, or how Jesus was so kind-hearted.Ask children what they have learnt from watching a movie or reading a book they have.Also, include everyday events of charity in your conversation starters – what you hear in the news, something you observed someone else doing etc.
These talks can be great lessons.Role models”Tell your child about the people you admire and why. It will silently inculcate good qualities,” according to expert Vandana Sehgal, a Personality Enhancement Trainer.Highlight compassionate behavior or action of others when you see or hear about it to tell your kid that caring is important.Community ServiceWhen your children want to help others, support them.
Motivate them by identifying and creating opportunities where they can help in the local community.Encourage them to do simple acts of kindness. Ask them to make cards for the elderly at the old age home, celebrating birthday at orphan homes etc.For punishments, don’t send them to the corner or ground them.
Instead, give them a task related to community service in order to redeem their mistakes.Spend timeParents are unable to inculcate values to children because of a shortage of time. “Our increasingly competitive economy is creating an environment where Mom and Dad are spending longer hours at work and fewer hours with their children,” says Dr Gary Hill, Director of Clinical Services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.So, spend time with your children and make it count, says Becky Sweat. “Talk with them about what’s right and wrong, and what constitutes good behavior and what doesn’t,” says Dr Hill, so that they unlearn the bad influence that Internet, television, movies, video games and music have on them.Watch the video below on how to teach good values to your child