Teaching Kids The Power Of Giving
Written by: Tracey Clayton, Author at highstylife.com
Children are our most precious gifts. They bring great happiness into our world and give life a new purpose. For a child’s development, especially during the early years of life, it is important to be an honest, loving and caring parent. For many years psychologists like Jean Piaget, have observed the behavior of young children while they were interacting with their friends and family. The results of the research indicated that children develop deeper feelings of empathy and interpersonal understanding after puberty. Though, it is also important to note that with the right guidance from parents, children can be instructed on how to become noble people. Here are some tips on how to instill this humble value in your kids.
Show them how it’s done
As a parent, you need to know that children rely heavily on their impressions of other people. For them, it is crucial, what you do, what you know and what kind of a person you are. If they see their parent as someone who gives a lot and doesn’t expect anything in return, they will surely copy this model of behavior. Teach them that whenever they receive a gift, they should show their gratitude with phrases such as: “Thank you very much,” “That was very kind of you,” “You shouldn’t have”, etc.
Emphasize the action of giving
Not only is it important that you, as a parent, are generous to others, but you also have to be generous to your children as well. If you tend to buy, or make, them something nice you should also point out the act itself to them. This way you will show them – through your actions – what the right behavior is, and as we all know, action is much more effective than theory.
Make it a fun activity
Organize small local charity events for your friends and their children where the kids could get together and make macaroni jewelry, paintings, or even little Play-Doh figures for each other. You can also plan play dates for your children and their friends. Invite your children’s friends and their parents and try to be an excellent host. You should prepare the food and maybe even buy some gifts for the guests. Tell your children that they should, one day, host their own play dates and dinner parties for their children.
Punish or reward their behavior
As a parent, you should always punish their bad behavior and reward them when they do good. If you are strict with the instructions for model behavior your children will surely follow them. If your child takes something from another person without asking for permission, it is vital to reprimand them without hesitation. Remember to focus on showing them that the problem lies in their behavior – they are good, but they did a bad thing.
Teach children the importance of being economical
Although we do our best to provide our children with everything their heart’s desire, most of the time they desire things they don’t necessarily need. If we pamper to their every need, we will spoil them. For example, the next time you take your child on shopping don’t let them make you buy expensive clothing. They have to realize how important it is to be economical, so you can show them that cheap kids clothing that can be found online can be as stylish and comfortable as any overpriced item from the shopping mall.
Teach them to give back to the environment
Our children spend a lot of time playing and interacting with others in nature, so it is important to teach them not to be wasteful and never to litter. Children don’t know the importance of recycling so it should be paramount to show them the importance of keeping the balance of give and take when it comes to nature. Have them plant all sorts of trees and flowers and remind them to take care of their fun little garden. This will not only make your home more visually pleasing, but it will also instill great life values in your children which will ultimately make them wonderful human beings.