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How To Teach Kids To Help Others

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Quick Guide To Teach Kids The Importance Of Helping Others is a sponsored post partnership with Save The Children.

quick guide to teaching children the importance of helping others

Helping others is something that we as parents all try to instill in our children.

There are different ways to teach philanthropy to different kids and at different levels based on their age… but that doesn’t have to stop you from making it a focus from birth. What the world needs is families banding together to help others, and some of our favorite time spent with one another is when we are doing good things that benefit others like donating time, food and money at our local food bank or doing good deeds for others directly.

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Here is our “Quick Guide To Teach Kids The Importance Of Helping Others”

1. Show them the world. In person or via videos or books… the way doesn’t matter as long as they see how other people live their lives. Children respond best when they are part of the story so immersing them in a new place and culture sets the basis for understanding why they need to help others. Abstract images about other children suffering and how they could help isn’t enough to instill a love of helping others. When they really get a feel for how their assistance can help is when the light bulb turns on! Get out there and show them the world or pick an area a month to study.

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2. Don’t forget your own community. There are those that need help right here too. It’s easy to point out opportunities and take action in your everyday life so that philanthropy is just part of their mindset.

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3. Have an open and honest communication. Don’t sugar coat issues but also remember to keep things age appropriate. When they ask questions or ask for ways that they can help solve a problem it’s okay to tell them that you don’t have the answer… and then use that opportunity to brainstorm some ideas together!

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4. Help others together as a family. A great way to teach children about helping others is to do it together as a family. I love the idea of sponsoring a child thorough Save the Children because it shows our own children how far our family donation can go towards making a difference in the sponsored child’s life.

In addition to monetary support,  when you sponsor a child you can send them messages of hope and birthday greetings so that they know someone (or a whole family) cares! It’s amazing how much of a difference $1 a day can make to a child in need in the United States. And it’s equally amazing to see how much our own children benefit when they help others.

Teaching your children to feel good about helping others instills a lifetime of philanthropy.

How do you teach your children to help others?

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.

60 Comments

  • We donate to our local food bank several times a year. I definitley think it’s important for the kids to see.

  • We are actually expecting a little boy in October! I really like this post and look to raise him to know the importance of helping others! My parents did that for us, and I am very thankful of that.

  • I don’t have kids, but I so love this article. I think helping other people is something that’s fallen by the wayside in our culture.

  • These are great tips. I’ve always tried to teach my son the value of helping others. We need more of that these days.

  • My daughter and I sponsor a little boy from Bolivia through Compassion International. In fact, through our church, 3,000 kids are sponsored! It is so important to teach kids that it isn’t all about them but about helping others. We are blessed to be a blessing 🙂

  • We are trying to instill a giving heart to our child, and he does have it (although toys are still a problem). I am hoping once he gets a little older we can go to a soup kitchen so he can see first hand who he is helping.

  • These are all great tips to get kids interested in helping others. I think doing it as a family is the most important. If they see you involved in helping others, they will want to as well.

  • This is a wonderful post. My daughters and I give back as much as possible. We’re always donating food to our local food shelves. We also donate items we no longer use to those that can use them.

  • Awe, your kids are so sweet. I also try to make sure that my son gives to others because it is so rewarding.

  • This is such a great guide. We help with our local food bank several times a year. It is important for kids to learn to help others.

  • I think these are awesome ideas. Showing them the world and having honesty and open conversations about various issues would help a lot.

  • My niece donated some of her lemonade stand earnings to Save The Children last year, it’s such a wonderful organization. It’s great that you focus on fostering individual styles of giving back.

  • Great tips, this is such an important thing to teach your children. I love your ideas for having them see the world outside themselves!

  • Those are all great tips! We start teaching our children at young ages. We like to volunteer our time when we can and we like to encourage our children that when they see someone in need they need to step up and help—even if it’s just holding a door open or carrying groceries.

  • We talk so often about helping others far, far away. It’s important, and I’m grateful there are so many opportunities to help those we will never met. Yet it is so important to help those in our community.

  • Great tips. I believe it all starts at home. If they see us helping others, then it will be natural for them to do so, as well 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Helping others is so important for kids to learn. We like to volunteer at our local food bank to help out. Kids learn by watching our actions. I have always tried to be as helpful as i can.

  • These are great ways to help teach kids the importance of helping others. I will have to share this with my friend who is expecting.

  • My collect school supplies for kids at this local charity and I involve my kids. We go to the store and I let them pick the colors and pencils. I tell them that we’re helping another kid get school supplies that they wouldn’t have.

  • we have just been trying to get our own children to understand this concept – in their treatment to their own siblings! Putting others feelings before yourself is a hard one to get for little ones

  • My children all have a good heart. They are compassionate to others and would readily volunteer to do charity work. They come home happy and fulfilled, which makes me even more happy because I know they were raised well.

  • These are great ways to teach kids the importance of helping others. It is important that kids see that not everyone is blessed the same as each other I believe. I love the idea of helping others as a family as well as studying different place for a month. Thanks for sharing..

  • After seeing how many children lived on a particular island, my kids wanted to help them. We had explained about how they didn’t have the comforts that we had. Now we give to orphanages on that island. It’s so important to teach children to be give back.

  • The act of giving and sharing is a very important aspect that we have to teach our children. MY kids learn this early on as we help my mother back home every so often.

  • It is important to teach the kids to give back. Even when you have very little to give, there’s still always a way to help.

  • Great article! We help out a lot in the summer at a local ranch/camp for adolescents with disabilities. I am constantly amazed at how patient and compassionate my kids are! Thank you for the reminder too… I’ve wanted to sponsor a child for a while. We will get on it this weekend!

  • These are great tips that every parent should read and follow. Thank you for this post. It is important to raise your kids with charity in their hearts.

  • Love this piece. It’s so important to teach our kids about helping others. We donate to our local food bank, and our clothes all the time. I think this year at Christmas we will be helping out at a local food bank or soup kitchen. My kids love helping people!

  • Our son is a member of the Beta Club and he had volunteered a few times at our local food bank. He loves helping and I am such a proud mom.

  • Teaching children to help others is a very strong and powerful message. More parents need to step up and teach their kids how to help others. Even if it is a little of their time spend reading to someone at a nursing home.

  • Great tips. I always want to teach my kids to be of assistance to others. It’s great to read stories like these of other families helping out and teaching their kids the same. That means our world will be left in great hands.

  • Helping others out helps the world go round. I also teach my kids that helping other’s is important in our Christian faith.

  • What a lovely post about a topic that is so important. We do as much as we can to help others as a family.

  • I grew up giving back, my Mom instilled that in us very early on. I didn’t see it as helping others but more so like the thing we just do. Now that I’m a parent I teach my kids just as my Mom taught me. So it becomes a way of life of them like it did for me.

  • Teaching them young is the way to go! I teach my son the importance of helping others by doing our annual toy donations. We pick out all the toys he no longer plays with and donate them to our local charities.

  • We talk about thinking about making other people happy and doing nice things for others, but I could definitely be better about having them do charity activities.

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