As parents, we all have similar goals for our children. We want them to be happy and healthy. We want them to be successful at something they love. We want them to be kind and to make the world a better place, even if it’s in some small way right in their own neighborhood.
In the world we live in, it seems more imperative than ever that our children grow up to be compassionate givers. But how do we ensure this?
There are many ways to teach kindness and generosity. It starts at home and moves out from there to our communities and the world.
Involving our children in efforts towards kindness and giving gives them firsthand experience, whether it be by delivering cookies to an elderly neighbor, writing thank you notes to first responders, or volunteering at a homeless shelter.
While getting our kids involved is crucial, there’s something else that’s just as important.
Our children watch us. Even when it seems that they don’t listen to a word we tell them, be assured, they are listening. They hear what we say and they watch what we do, and those words and actions will shape who they become.
For better or for worse we are our children’s role models. They learn how to treat others by watching how we treat others. They learn how to spend their time by watching how we spend our time. They learn how to speak to others by watching how we speak to others. They learn how to spend their money by watching how we spend our money.
If we want to raise compassionate givers we must ensure that our words and our actions model how we want them to live.
That’s why Miss Humblebee’s Academy does the One For One program. For every annual subscription purchased, we donate a subscription to a child in need. It’s our small way of giving back and showing our own children that our words line up with our actions.
We also believe that it’s a great way for you to show your children the same thing. Sometimes giving to someone in need doesn’t cost any extra. Sometimes it’s simply making careful choices about putting our resources into products, services, and businesses with which we share common goals and values.
So continue the work we know you’ve already begun. Continue to not only tell your children that it’s important to be kind and giving, show that to your children through your actions: In your home, in your community, and in your world.
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