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As parents, we all want to raise charitable children. We want our children to comprehend the value of giving and experience the sense of purpose and joy that giving provides. If we want our kids to pursue philanthropy when they grow up, we must teach them about the topic early. In addition, we must create a family environment in which charitable giving is natural and encouraged. 

It’s never too early to teach your children the value of empathy, volunteering, but what are the best methods to teach children about the importance of philanthropy? Below are three practical ways you can instill the value of giving to your children:

Be a Role Model

A straightforward way to introduce your children to philanthropy is to model charitable giving yourself. As parents, we know that children learn behaviors through observation, and philanthropy is no exception. As a role model, consider telling your children about all of the charities you support, how you support them, and why you continue to support them. People are often modest and downplay the amount of charitable work they do, but it’s important to let children see all of our impactful work, whether volunteering or donating. If we want to instill a lifelong habit of giving in our children. We have to talk with our kids about charity constantly and, if possible, involve our children in our charitable activities.

Involve Your Children in Your Charitable Giving

Another idea is to allow your children to participate in your philanthropic ventures. It can be easier for younger children to understand empathy and charity if they’re provided with more direct and concrete examples of charitable giving. Whatever approach you decide, it is meaningful to have your children watch and help with the act of donating, whether it be dropping off a package or handing out food. 

Make Charitable Giving a Family Activity

If you establish charitable giving as a fun family activity, children may be more inclined to participate. Volunteering is one way to create a fulfilling charitable experience with the family. Local food banks often host events where families can donate and help distribute food. Moreover, schools and clubs often host food or toy drives around the holidays. All of the activities mentioned provide an opportunity to talk to your children about charity: how does it work, who are the recipients, why do people need assistance, and how can our family help.