As parents, one of our most important jobs is to teach our children. We teach them about life and love, right and wrong, hard work, and the importance of giving to others. We help our kids develop empathy and understanding toward others and concern for the world around them.
Parents often ask me how they can teach their children about charitable giving. Here are some suggestions that I find work well with young children:
- Talk about giving to charity in front of your child and discuss how you make it a priority in your schedule and budget.
- Help your child pick out a few toys that she no longer plays with to give to families with younger children who don’t have as many toys.
- Encourage your child to save pennies, loose change, or part of his allowance to donate to a charity of his choosing.