Recently, my daughter celebrated her Bat Mitzvah, which is a religious milestone in a young Jewish woman’s life that helps her officially become part of her community as an成人(she’s only 13, so a pretty little adult at that!).As part of the occasion, her rabbi asked her to choose a charity she was passionate about and put some effort into raising funds on its behalf.
She has RUN with the project, choosing a charity her brother chose before her, called采用艺术。ATA helps fund music programs in underfunded schools, supplying everything from instruments to budget for teachers and curriculum.As part of her assignment, she wrote:
When you raise kids, you have no idea what they’ll appreciate and what they’ll take for granted.I mean, my daughter knows that not everyone has a warm, comfy bedroom to sleep in each night, that doesn’t stop her from leaving her clothes all over the floor (or chips and soda all over the music room for that matter, see above!).So if you asked me how to raise generous kids, some of it is science, and some of it is art… and lots of it depends on the nature of your child’s heart, and how much empathy is built “into the software,” as it were.
A few creative approaches to instilling responsibility and social awareness can go a long way, however, so whenWEYVasked me to put down some thoughts on how to raise generous kids, I sat down and thought about a handful of tactics I’ve implemented over the years.
The WEYV app is a mash-up of Spotify (unlimited music) and Texture (unlimited magazines), so that you and your kids have immediate digital access to your favorite songs and reading material on your iOS or Android device at all times.Your kids can actually curate playlists and create their own reading library, all pre-downloaded for the moments they find themselves with downtime and zero Wi-Fi.And because WEYV is COPPA-compliant, parents can rest easy knowing their child is using WEYV safely and is not exposed to explicit content (nice to know your kids are in a safe place online every now and then!).
Here’s the charitable bit: For every song that your kid cues up on his or her smartphone or tablet, WEYV donates a small portion of the proceeds to通过或代表该艺术家的选择慈善机构。In fact, 0.5 percent of the company’s revenue goes toward charity, which sets it apart from most apps who are focused on revenue, not on giving.WEYV makes it easy for kids to connect their everyday actions—a form of entertainment—to social awareness that’s not only relatable, but tangible, too.A win-win.
Here are some other helpful ideas on how to raise more generous, charity-minded kids:
Put Them to Work
It may sound basic or even obvious, but kids actually get great personal satisfaction out of working for money.It can be a simple household task with an opportunity for them to earn some extra cash, but to teach them responsibility and the value of giving back, try this tactic: Some of the money is theirs to keep, but some goes into a charity box that you’ll use to make donations to an organization of their choice.(You can decide the percentages — say, 75 percent earned, 25 percent to charity.)
Make it Relatable
这个 goes for adults as much as for kids: If you can’t connect with the cause you’re contributing to, it’s harder to see the purpose or benefit of giving back.As a parent, help your kids seek out brands or companies that combine children’s interests and everyday life with charity.For example, I’m a huge fan of无极铅笔for education,牛奶和赌博公司for books,乔纳斯·保罗眼镜for glasses andYoobifor school and crafting supplies.
And More Tangible, Too
It’s a little abstract to teach kids to just “give money to charity.” Instead, once your kids find a cause they care about, help them set a specific goal they can understand.例如，当我们提出的美元量X，我们可以去Target和买10条毛毯动物收容所或礼物给四个孩子谁也不会以其他方式圣诞礼物。betway多彩百家乐通过量化他们的捐赠，它可以帮助他们看到眼前的冲击，同时欣赏自己的生活相似的项目。
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