How to Instill a Sense of Social Responsibility in Kids
Kids learn how wonderful it is to be a contributing member of the community by taking part in helping the disadvantaged. This cultivates in them life lessons, such as cooperation, tolerance, respect for life, and loyalty.
How can you pass on this virtue to your little ones?
Here are some tips to help you turn your tots into valuable and responsible members of the community:
1) Be a good role model
Children learn through observation. If your child sees you involved in charitable acts, he or she will follow your example.
2) Help your kids sort through their closets for items they can donate
Use labeled boxes to segregate toys, clothes, and shoes. Ask them to choose an item of clothing or a toy that they no longer use. The basic rule is that if your kid has not worn a shirt for 6 months, chances are he will not be wearing it again. The value of this activity great diminishes if you go through their closets without your kids' presence.
3) Bring them along to the donation sites
Kids should do charitable activities personally. While there is nothing wrong with sending donations to charitable institutions, personally visiting homes that care for children, the elderly, and the sick helps kids witness the joy they bring to the people they help.
4) Praise your children when you see them act generously
Acknowledging even the simplest acts of charity is very important. Take pictures of the time you and your children visited an orphanage or let your kids know how their generosity has affected others by showing them photos of the happy recipients.
5) Parents should find out what interests their kids to have an idea on the task to assign to them.
Who is good at sorting? Who is good at writing and labeling? Matching the right task to the right kid will help ensure their interest in what they are doing. They will feel a greater connection because they have made concrete contributions.
Local child centers, orphanages, religious foundations, and other charity groups welcome all sorts of donations. Many families prefer to give donations in kind.
Whether your child sends a box of toys to an orphanage or hands half of his burger to a homeless man on the street, both deeds espouse the value of charity and the endeavor to make a difference to others' lives.