More than ever, families are looking for ways to build their children’s sense of values and beliefs. In light of the attacks on America and other events in the world, we all want to know what we can do to become better people.
These suggestions can help you nurture a sense of caring in your child’s everyday life :
Monkey see – Monkey do!
When it comes do establishing values, beliefs and morals in your children, the most powerful tool you have is yourself. Your involvement in community activities will sepak volumes to your child and help determine his or her willingness to make a positive diference in the world. Include your children in your volunteer activities and show them the benefits of giving to others.
Charity starts at home
When your chidlren learn to be charitable at home, it is more likely they will be charitable in other places. However, for some parents, it’s just the opposite. Their children are helpers to everyone but their own parents. If you notice this in your children, try to encourage acts of charity in your home with a pass-it-on box. The pass-it-on box creats a place for your family members to ask for help from others. During or after dinner, pass the box around the table and have your children share their needs or describe someone’s act of kindness (Mom teaching the ABC’s or Maria helping Dad pull weeds).
Animals can teach us a lot when it comes to giving back.
Some children learn to show a greatdeal of compassion, caring and patience by intereacting with animals. If your family has a pet, let your child take part in some way – great or small depending on age- in caring for the pet’s daily needs Zoos also have great programs for children to gain hands-on experience caring fro animals.
Start a neighborhood well-wisher’s club!
Get the entire family involved in establishing a well-wisher’s club that’s more than a neighbourhood watch. The well-wisher’s club offers help to neighbours when the need airses. This can include volunteering to rake leaves and do yard work for an elderly homeowner. with your kids, welcome new neighbours and treat shud-ins to a friendly visit and a cookie to brighten their day. You can leave a Yes/No poscard on a neighbor’s door asking if he or she would like help. This allows you to collect the information you need without disturbing your neighbor. Be sure to include a list of things you are willing to do.
Teach your children social skills.
You can foster positive values in your preschooler by teaching him or her social skills such as following instructions, being kind to others making friends, making good choices, and asking for help. Great advice on how to develop healthy values in your family and yourng children can be found in the book.
Interesting article that i love to share with you parents.. . by helping others doing chores.. forget about the treadmills to do workout.. doing charity and exercise at the same time..wouldn’t it be fun!