Teach Your Child to Help Others
It's essential to teach children to help others, as this allows them to create collective awareness based on happiness, abundance and empathy.
Helping others makes a person happy because it gives a feeling of achievement and the appreciation of others. This allows you to discover the power that you have inside yourself. The important thing is that your child learns to practice generosity and solidarity from an early age. That’s why it’s important to teach your child to help others when they’re young.
However, you should also keep in mind that the people you help are not always the same people who will help you when you need them.
Ideas to Teach Your Child How to Help Others
It’s important that parents begin to teach their children how to help others from a young age. Below, we’ll give some ideas to help you cultivate this wonderful value in your child.
Teach Them to Help Out at Home
Education begins at home. Therefore, it is beneficial to teach your child to help family members. To teach and cultivate this wonderful value, it is necessary that everyone in the family contributes their “grain of sand” to promote collaboration with one another.
Therefore, children can support their elders in daily tasks such as sweeping, washing dishes, and preparing meals, at home. In the case that you have several children, the older ones can help the younger ones with school work.
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Let Them Know That Their Peers are Important
If a family member or friend is ill, ask your child to write a letter or draw them a picture and take it to them together. This suggestion is ideal, because if the person is not in good enough spirits to talk, they can save it and see it when they’re ready.
In the case that the friend or relative is in another city or country, you can use social media to send messages. This type of gesture will give them strength and cheer them up.
Encourage Them to Help the Elderly
Helping elderly people is a wonderful gesture.
In many instances, elderly people may not admit that they need help. However, you can gently approach them and assist them without being condescending, or ask them if there’s anything they need around the house, of if they’d simply like to talk.
Do Volunteer Work
A good way to help others in the community is by doing volunteer work. This will give children new experiences and a new perspective on life.
If your child likes animals and you’re not able to have a pet, you can use that as an incentive to volunteer at an animal shelter. This will allow them to start with simple, yet important tasks, such as how to walk pets and feed them.
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During the day, you may find strangers that need your help. For example, a person is walking and falls. If you stop and help them, it will set a good example for your children, because it’s a good deed that wasn’t planned.
Other ways to help people spontaneously are opening the door when someone has their hands full, pulling out a chair for a pregnant woman or a person with a child in his/her arms or giving food to someone who is homeless.
Although these acts may seem uncommon today, it’s up to us to take the initiative and teach our children to help others. An act that may seem small may make a huge difference.
You and you children can pick out clothes, shoes, toys and books that they don’t use any more but that are still in good shape and donate them.
Tell them they will be given to other kids that need them and will put them to good use.
Final Considerations to Teach Your Children to Help Others
Finally, the important thing is to look around and start to offer the best of ourselves. When help comes from the heart, it’s not a sacrifice and gives great satisfaction. Make these acts about helping others rather than to satisfy your personal ego.
Being selfless and caring is a great value for parents to share with their children. The outside world is a reflection of what is on the inside. For this reason, being generous is essential for the transformation of your children… and the world they’ll be living in.