It’s safe to say that all parents worry about their children growing up to be entitled adults to some degree (especially in America), but being spoiled and entitled is not a foregone conclusion. Modeling good behavior as parents and encouraging our children to do good now is where it starts.
As parents, we must:
- Model altruism
- Model charity
- Model compassion
Make doing a good part of your life. Kids can do good in their community. and in the world. Help them get started with a few of these ideas.
Ways Kids Can Do Good
Tithe their allowance.
And they should tithe their allowance. They should see you tithing cheerfully, and you should help them to see that God will use their money to do great things in your community and across the world. Talk with them (to the best of their understanding) about your church’s finances – charities and ministries and missionaries that your church supports.
Do good abroad.
Do good in their own community.
Every community has food banks. Every food bank needs donations and manpower to stock shelves or to distribute food.
Do good for nature.
Feed the birds (make homemade bird feeders). Feed ducks or geese. Help your children to conserve electricity, water, recycle, and protect our earth. There are lots of good ideas in It’s Easy Being Green.
Donate their stuff.
Kids, especially, wrap their feelings up in the stuff that belongs specifically to them. Taking the time to frequently sift through bookshelves and toy boxes and kitchen cabinets and closets and purses, and help your children to filter out the things that they no longer need. You can donate the items your family no longer needs to different places – books go to the library for their used book sale, toys, and clothing goes to an organization that raises money for wounded veterans. Baby and kid stuff go to a pregnancy center.
Serve people in need.
Some families make care kits for the homeless. You can keep kits in your car to hand them out whenever you are moved to do so. Another great thing your family can do together is to make chemo care packages to encourage family members, friends, or community members that are going through chemotherapy. You could tuck a passage from God’s Love for You Bible Storybook in your care package.
Appreciate loved ones.
Teach your children that they don’t always have to serve strangers- they can serve family, too. Help them to send a card to out-of-town relatives. Create a love jar for their dad. Bring treats to a neighbor.
Here are a few other ideas for ways your kids can do good in their community:
- Do good for senior citizens
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood
- Inspire random acts of kindness
- Thank public servants
- Help a neighbor who could use a hand
- Foster a homeless pet or volunteer at an animal shelter
- Read books like Everybody Can Help Somebody (or, for older kids, Be The Change)