We all know about the vital work that so many charities are doing around the world – and many of us would love for our kids to get involved with charities too, so that they can help contribute to and carry on the good work that is already going on. With this in mind, let’s take a look at four ideas for getting your children involved in charity.
One popular option is to get your kids to undertake sponsored projects. This is something that many of them do at school anyway, so making sure you spend the time with them to make sure they understand why they are doing this will definitely help. Also, if you are raising money for a good cause, you can easily involve your kids by getting them to do things like sponsored swims or making cakes – if you tailor it to their interests, they’ll be more likely to be keen to get involved.
Engage in volunteer work
Getting your kids into volunteer work from an early age can also help to get them involved with charity. For instance, helping out at a fundraiser or volunteering with older people are both popular options. Plus, if you are trying to persuade older kids to get involved with this sort of thing, they can sometimes be convinced if you let them know how good it will look on their CV – work experience is something that will help them as much as it will help the good cause.
Sponsor a child
If you want your children to learn more about charity and the lives of other people, sponsoring a child – someone they’ll be able to relate to – is a good idea, particularly if you go for a scheme where you know which child you will be sponsoring and have some good information about them. It can help you children to understand different ways of life and why some people need help, as well as teaching them some of the ways they can help themselves.
Choose where to donate
Finally, getting your kids involved in charity can be made much easier if they feel like they have ownership of the project. For instance, letting them choose which charities you donate to and making sure that you do this regularly so that they can see the commitment is a good idea. If they get into the habit of supporting good causes while they are young, hopefully this will carry through into later life, too.