3 Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Charity

Kids’ worlds are small. It mainly consists of their house, maybe school, and that’s the main extent of their daily lives. Especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic, their worlds are as small as ever.

Every parent needs help to get their family through this pandemic—one proactive way to get through this time is by using this downtime as an opportunity to instill good values in your kids. To help you do this, here are some tips for teaching your kids about charity.

Teach Them the Basics

First, start by giving your kids an overview. Talk about how there are a bunch of different charities that each do various things for a range of causes. This means there are many different types of charitable giving, too, that include giving your time, money, or things.

Be ready for questions—your kids may not understand exactly why charities would do what they do. Doesn’t everyone want to keep their things? Then again, kids have an uncanny capacity to surprise us with their generosity, so they may get it quickly. If they struggle, illustrate how a charity works by creating a story.

Practice Giving Back

Practice is a uniquely handy teacher. For this reason, the second tip for teaching your kids about charity is to get them involved in giving. Consider instituting little charitable acts throughout the house as you hunker down and social distance. Maybe even talk to your kids about doing chores so that they can earn money to give to a charity that helps people during the current crisis.

Tangibly doing something, or putting the idea of charity into motion, illustrates the concept to a child effectively, especially if they know how their gift will help others.

Give Them Good Exposure to a Charity

That said, they’ll need to learn about charities’ work for their own gift to make sense. While you may not be able to go out and volunteer, researching charities can help. Looking at videos of people helping others makes everything much more concrete for your kids and motivates them to be generous.

16 thoughts on “3 Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Charity”

  1. My Path To Travel – Denmark – Hi, I'm Karen, and independent travel is my passion. My goal is to share travel tips, destination guides and offer one to one help for over 50s so they too can live their travel dreams. Over the past 20 years, I've visited 74 countries, travelling solo, long term, short term, with friends, my partner and even on an overland truck for six months. If you want all the best advice to travel longer, further and most importantly, safely My Path To Travel is the website for you.

    This is a really nice post, thanks for sharing

  2. Neil Alvin Nicerio – I'm a travel blogger based in the Philippines. Join me as we explore the Philippines and the world!

    Amazing. This is a perfect read. I will try this out with my daughter.

  3. LifeMagHealth – Manila, Philippines – Health & Wellness Enthusiast, a compassionate Nurse by heart and your new health ally. For health tips, wellness advise and more, follow and subscribe to our site: https://www.lifemaghealth.com/

    These are really great tips for parenthood. I would definitely gonna save this for future, For now, will be sharing this to my friends. Thank you!

  4. rakshanagaraj – Sydney and Bangalore – Welcome! I’m Raksha Nagaraj, the blogger and social media influencer behind Solopassport. My primary focus is on solo female traveling, hiking, and scuba diving.

    Such great post. It is so required to teach kids about charity and your post provides good tips. It is mandatory to teach them when they are young.

  5. Polly – Philippines – Polly Amora is the señorita behind GoldenIslandSenorita.Net and the general manager of a privately-owned company in Manila, Philippines. She is a lifelong learner who is very outgoing, speaks four languages, is loud and outspoken, and loves to have adventures in the mountains, on the beach, and in the city. You can throw her anywhere, and she'll handle it like a pro. Ice cream and beer are two of her weaknesses.

    I agree with all of these. If there’s something that I’d instill in my future kids’ hearts its the importance of ‘giving back’ or ‘paying forward’. Thank you for this inspirational post!
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  6. talamayclarkgmailcom

    I love that with everything going on this is what you are writing about. With so many being so people worrying just about themselves I think it is amazing that you are taking the time to teach your kids about giving.

  7. A fork on the road – Ramblings of a curious stomach

    This is lovely. I will always remember when my family and I were walking around a city and we saw a young woman with a baby begging in the street. Nobody said anything, but my youngest brother asked for his allowance and gave it all to the woman. He was about 6 years old 🙂

  8. Chris@TTL – Virginia – Personal Finance, Financial Independence, and Early Retirement for two people that decided to transition to early retirement in the middle of the 2020 pandemic at 35 years old. https://www.tictoclife.com

    Certainly starting them young will incorporate more than just charity in their lives: empathy, compassion, an ability to relate to people different from themselves. Good job!

    So far as the general concept of giving back and the nitty gritty: have you thought about a donor advised fund and perhaps wrapping your readership into it? We just began ours with a goal to donate to a cause monthly, leveraging FIRE concepts within the actual giving fund, and bring our readers right into the individual grant choices.

    It seems like something kids could learn from to, having a hand in things.
    Chris@TTL recently posted…Reader’s Choice Donor-Advised Fund Launch

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