-Start them young: A mother from Darien, Connecticut got her 3 children involved in various volunteer organizations through Kids Care Clubs when her oldest was just 10 years old (now 20). They all took different paths, but they carried those lessons throughout their adolescence and are each still involved with volunteer work.
-Involve their friends: A mother from Lake Oswego, Oregon attended a mother-daughter meeting of the National Charity League in an attempt to have more quality time with her two young children. The kids didn’t go willingly, but once they knew their friends were involved, they felt more comfortable. The eldest child, now 23, is in her second year with Teach for America. She remembers that her peer involvement from when she was younger made the experience fun and cool.
Here's the link to the article.
I do talk to my kids about donating toys and other things to the needy. I get so aggravated when they don't take good care of them and there are certainly toys that have hardly been used. I remember my five-year-old giving me this old, beat up toy that was from McDonald's and he was like, "Okay, mom. I found a toy we can give to the kids who don't have any." He was so sad to see it go. I was trying not to giggly and let him know this toy was junk. I just smiled and said, "Thanks for being so generous." I need to do more of that!
How do you teach your kids to care?
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