Being helpful means assisting others who are in need. Sometimes, it can be just out of love. Children raised by families that value helpfulness will grow up finding ways to help others. Otherwise, if they’re influenced by adults who are self-centered, they will not see helpfulness as an important trait. There are a lot of ways to teach children helpfulness so they can grow as selfless people who are ready to give out a helping hand without expecting something in return. Below are a variety of things you can do to instill helpfulness in your little ones:
Participate in Volunteering
There are a lot of charitable organizations that need volunteers for their missions. This is also a great way to teach your children how to be helpful. It also can be a great experience. Ask your little ones about the issues that concern them and what causes they want to support. Some would want to make a change in the environment and pollution, while others would want to rescue abandoned animals. Some feel sad when they see the elderly without families visiting and caring for them. Others have great concerns for the homeless and the poor. After knowing their answer, check out the organizations that need and welcome volunteers who can assist in their activities. They will definitely love to have the chance to help those that concern them.
Encourage your little ones to sort used and old toys and clothes that they don’t use anymore so these can be donated to a charity. This will let them know how their contributions can help others. When donating the items to the charity, be sure to take your child with you when you go so they can see the joy in the children they’ve helped. You can also prepare baskets of food for the less fortunate.
Share Stories of People who Help Others
Telling your children about people helping others is a way to show good examples of helpfulness and how people care for each other. This can help them understand what helpfulness means while also making the trait a part of their personality. You can find various articles online or in your local newspaper that tell about people’s contributions to society. You can also watch various television shows to see various generous and charitable acts of people.
Be a Good Role Model
It’s natural for children to repeat and imitate the actions and words of people they admire. As parents, it is really important for you to show them a good example since you are the one they live with everyday. See to it that you reach out to those in need when there’s a chance. This teaches them to be selfless and helpful in times of need. In these situations, your little ones will eventually involve themselves in helping since that’s the example they see from their parents.
Hone their Passion and Interests
Know what your children’s passions and interests are. If they have no idea about this yet, help them discover these things. From there, find ways how they can practice helpfulness and encourage them to do those tasks. For instance, if your children love reading, helping the librarian will likely be something they’d be comfortable in doing. Your little ones who love cooking would definitely love to help you prepare meals for dinner, or cook for families who are in need. You can also encourage the aspiring veterinarian in your family to volunteer at a local animal shelter. Let them know that even their small hands can be of great help to make big differences in others’ lives.
Let them Help You
Another way to teach your little ones helpfulness is to give them household tasks that are appropriate for them. This lets them feel that they are part of the family and that their little contributions are valued. Having a chore chart is also one way for your children to learn what things they can do to be helpful. Here, you can include taking out the trash, washing the dishes, and other small tasks that they can handle. From there you can score their helpfulness and gradually reward them as they continue to show and develop helping habits.
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