How Charity Can Teach Your Children Empathy and Compassion

With the recent devastation that has been happening to many people around the world, including the Syrian refugee crisis, and various other humanitarian issues that have appeared over the past few years, there has been no better time to teach your children about the importance of empathy and compassion towards others. Charity and the spirit of giving has quickly been elevated in recent years, and with the abundance of giving channels that you can access via the television, mobile, online and via mail, many parents are beginning to use these channels to help their children learn about charity. In some cases, families have made giving to charity a family event, with the children being able to pick and choose who they want to give to, and to understand why it is important.

Compassion and empathy towards others is an important skill that children will need as they grow older, whether in the workplace or simply as they begin to build relationships with others. While many parents worry about the impact that exposure to the grief that others are feeling could negatively impact a child and upset them, it is actually far more likely that they will learn to extend their love and compassion for people half way around the world. There are a number of different ways that families can enjoy the spirit of giving together.

Giving Account

One of the easiest ways to regularly give to charity, and to other features that may also be in need of charity such as churches is through a giving account. These giving accounts allow families and others to find thousands of charities at the touch of a button, and is an easy way for people to organise their giving. Simply, your giving account is credited by you either automatically by direct debit or manually whenever you want to top it up. This is a secure way that you can do your bit along with your family and help you when you are giving to charity. Getting your children involved in the process of choosing the charity, and helping them to learn a little bit more about the different charities and how they help people can be a great way to start teaching your children about empathy and compassion.

Making Charity Giving Fun

One of the most important factors to consider whenever you're teaching your children anything is how it is going to affect your child in the long run. If charity giving is made out to be a chore then as the child grows and begins to make their own decisions, you will find that they may not necessarily see all of the important benefits that come with charity giving. If you make charity giving fun and implement a giving mindset into your child, then it is far more likely that they will carry this on in the future. Even small things like giving clothes to the nearest charity shop can seem like fun, particularly to a young child, and this will not only help them to be grateful for all of the things that they do have, but also help implement other assets such as spring cleaning and routine.

If you do this without the child there helping, the value of giving to charity can quickly diminish. Getting your child involved in choosing the appropriate items and taking your children to the charitable destination are all important steps in teaching your children the value of empathy and compassion.

Help The Neighbours

One of the easiest ways that you can help your children to learn about empathy and compassion, without giving away money, is through charitable giving to the neighbours. This could be something as little as bringing the shopping to the door for the elderly lady across the road, raking the leaves of a less-abled couple's garden, or baking cookies or bread and delivering it to the nearest homeless food bank. Little aspects like this will teach your children the importance of being kind and treating everyone equally. This will ultimately help your children to be emphatic for those who are more in need, and this is a skill that you will want your child to keep with them as they grow older and eventually leave home.

Giving Blood

The importance of giving blood has rapidly increased over the years, and giving blood can ultimately save someone's life. While your children are too young to give blood themselves, you may be able to take your child with you when you give blood in order to teach them about the reasons why you give blood, and what you hope to achieve by doing so. Creating this routine every time that you can give blood will set a routine in your child's mind that they may continue to have.

They may end up knowing people that have needed blood transfusions in the future, and their thoughts of compassion will ultimately link back to all of the times that you took them when you were giving blood. While this may not be an appropriate situation for very young children who could end up being bored and restless, older children or teenagers, particularly those who are interested in science and related studies in school could be exceptionally beneficial to them as they grow.

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