West Frisco & Legacy West

Giving with a Purpose - Teaching Your Child the Joy of Giving

Posted on 12-11-2014 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West

In the midst of the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in the pull of getting more, more, more. Children anticipate lots of gifts under the tree and are busily making their Christmas wish lists for Santa. Being excited about gifts is completely normal and a fun part of the holiday celebration, but what if you could start teaching your child about giving to others?

Opening up a child’s heart (and allowance!) to the needs of others is an important part of instilling values of compassion, awareness, and selflessness. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to introduce the importance of giving.

Here are some helpful ways to introduce and implement the idea of giving to your child:

  • Show them where you, as a family, are already giving or plan to give – When children see their parents modeling a behavior they are more compelled to follow suit. Explain to them why you chose to give to the different organizations.
  • Ask them who/what organization they would like to help – Consider your child’s interests and research opportunities to give within their interests. For example, if your child loves to play soccer, he may be interested in a charity that makes it possible for kids around the world to have their own soccer ball (http://charityball.org).
  • Give from their own money – Young children usually don’t have the ability to give as much as an adult with a full-time job, and that’s ok! If they don’t have their own allowance, encourage them to do chores around the house to raise money to give. This gives the child more ownership of giving, taking it from principle to practice.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about teaching children how to play fair, be generous, and respect people from different backgrounds, nationalities etc. Contact us today to learn more about our accredited and exclusive curriculum!

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