What are the benefits of raising children to be charitable? Living privileged lives, it can be all to easy to lose sight of the fact that we are, in fact, very lucky to have the life that we do. You and I don’t have to worry about going to sleep without a roof over our heads, going without food on the table or having warm clothes to wear…that isn’t the case for millions of people around the world.
Charity is a lesson that we were taught growing up and, in twine, it is one that we should pass on to our children. Without the importance of giving to those in need being passed on from generation to generation, the world will be left in a much poorer state because of it and, not only that, teaching children the importance of charity is one of the most valuable life lessons you can give.
Sets a Good Example
Encouraging your children to give to charity sets a good example for them, showing that it is important to share and to give when you can. It isn’t just money that can be given, with other donations consisting of food, clothes, and even just your time. When you benefit from good fortune, it is always better when it is shared with others rather than keeping it all to yourself.
Showing empathy to others is one of the most important traits we can have as humans as it helps us to understand and/or feel what another person is going through. Of course, we cannot always comprehend someone’s experience when it comes to some of the most serious and life-threatening situations those in need are faced with. It does give us the ability to consider how we might feel in the same situation, as well as contemplating if it was someone close to our hearts going through the exact same thing. The world can be a cruel place, so teaching kids that a simple act of kindness can go a long way is a beautiful lesson to teach.
Grateful for What They Have
There are many examples to be seen in the modern-day of people simply not being grateful for what they have, instead, focusing on what they don’t. From spoilt children kicking and screaming because their parents didn’t buy them a toy in the right colour to those old enough to know better ranting and raving over material objects. When there are millions living in conflict-stricken areas with limited access to clean water, wondering where their next meal is coming from, charity soon makes you realise that, in the grand scheme of things, you don’t have it so bad after all.
Develop an Understanding of Other Cultures
In many cultures, the act of giving to charity is an obligation. It is common for Christians attending church to donate money to be used to help those in need, while Muslims have several charitable obligations such as zakat and Qurbani which have great meaning. This is a good opportunity for children to learn about the faith and culture of others around the world, because as we all know the world could benefit from a little extra understanding.
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Makes for a Better World
Ultimately, if our children are taught of the importance of charity and giving what you can to those most in need, the world will become a much better place for it. You can never have too much love and compassion in the world, especially one where there is so much conflict and division.
Often times we get caught up in the rat race and want to keep up with the latest and greatest thing. Whether it is a new smart phone, car, computer, or things we don’t necessarily need. Teaching your child how to be charitable not only helps teach your child an important life skill but it also keeps your own life balanced too. There are plenty of ways for both you and your children to get involved in charity events.