It’s never too early to help the children around you grow into thoughtful global citizens. Here are six ways to get started.
There’s no shortage of special moments to relish as a parent. Right now, your baby might be getting ready to graduate from preschool. Before you know it, she’s mastering multiplication; then, learning to drive.
No matter what stage your kids are racing through, it’s never too early or too late to show them the complexity of the world and help them grow into thoughtful global citizens.
Here are six ways to raise a compassionate child:
1. Pair big moments with selfless acts.
Did you just add a new adorable puppy to your family? Someone earn their first A+? Headed to summer camp? Commemorate exciting personal moments in your family by donating to a cause that makes your children pause and reflect. Check out these projects protecting dogs, providing scholarships for at-risk students, and supporting a summer camp for kids with special needs.
2. Set up a piggy bank that gives back.
For many kids, learning about money starts early. Is your child is earning dollars with a lemonade stand or by doing chores around the house? Suggest they set aside a portion of their earnings to support those who aren’t as fortunate. Check out these DIY piggy bank projects.
3. Give in honor of their hobbies.
Demonstrate the importance of giving by donating to a project in your child’s honor! Maybe a youngster in your life has a new love of music or is killing it on the soccer field. Show your support by giving to a project in their name that matches their interests. It’ll lead to a better understanding of how their interests match the interests of others around the world. Find the perfect project here.
4. Let them decide.
Put the decision-making power in their hands! A GlobalGiving Gift Card is a great way to get the kids you love to develop a love for giving. You can print it out to deliver in person, send it to their email, or have it shipped for free. Shop gift cards now.
5. Volunteer together.
Websites like VolunteerMatch and Idealist make it easy to get connected to a local organizations doing outstanding work in your community.
6. Turn a birthday into a fundraiser.
Swap the exhaustion of party planning and birthday cake clean-up for a fundraiser. Select a project of the birthday boy or girl’s choosing. That’s exactly what baby Cameron’s loved ones did to celebrate his first birthday. They raised more than $7,000 for children in war-torn Syria. Start your own fundraiser here.
Before you know it, your kids will be changing the world and inspiring others to do the same!
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Featured Photo: Camp for 400 Kids with Autism and Special Needs by Dragonfly Forest