Teach Children to be Grateful: It is hard for children to understand that people live life differently everywhere. They see the way that their own family operates and it would never come across their minds that others could be hungry if they are fortunate enough to have dinner every night. Teach them to be Grateful for what they have and that other people may not be as fortunate as they are. Let this foster a desire to help others in your Children.
Let Children Explore various Volunteer Opportunities: Remind your Children that giving money is not the only way to be Generous. Exploring Volunteer Opportunities with your Children will allow them to understand all the other ways that a person can give back to the world. It also opens your child up to the possibility of witnessing their generosity impacting lives. If they can see the change that they are bringing to people’s lives, they will want to keep coming back to create that change.
Discuss and Explain how the Bible Calls us to be Generous: There are various instances in the Bible that we are called to give such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Discuss these with your children and help them to understand the message. The goal is to show them that generosity is something bigger than themselves, we are called to be generous by God and have been for centuries. It is one of the main lessons of our religion and the earlier they learn how to be generous, the more they will do it across their life.
Let Children make their own Generous Decisions: Children understand that they should be helping others. They are told at school to assist their classmates and that “sharing is caring”. If your children have increased their perspective and had various opportunities to find a cause that they are passionate about, they should start making decisions. Letting them choose their cause will foster a passionate young adult that understands generosity is necessary in a Catholic Life.
Involve Children in a Plan: Hopefully, we are all making a plan to do the best that we can to give. A great plan would be to open a donor-advised fund account with CCFGiving (Visit CCFGiving.com for more information). The fund can be created in minutes and can be passed on to your children as their own account at anytime. Your generosity to your own fund is tax deductible like any other charity. The money collected in the fund grows tax free in your choice of mutual funds managed by the Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors. Create a plan to continually put money in the account so that when your children are ready, they will have access to a Generosity Account that will fit their own goals and passions that have been fostered across their childhood.
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. -Romans13:11