There is an old English saying, ‘Charity begins at home.’ The truth of this saying is well borne out in the way we bring up our kids. Children, that way, are the biggest imitators. You might teach them a hundred things, but they follow and learn the best. This is perhaps why it is important
Purposeful Kids can seem like a tall order. After all, the joy of childhood is carefree play. But with that great mirth can come true meaning. Children have hearts the size of planets. They care for you, their parents, their siblings, their favorite toy, their pets, the animals at the zoo, their teachers, their fellow students.
All of that. They have all of that in them and how they don’t burst at the seams is simply astounding. When it comes to parenting for purposeful children, the biggest thing to do is to encourage. You don’t want to step on their toys – toes! (We mean toes, but don’t step on their toys either!) You don’t want to saddle them with your worries.
Instead start small.
Be a giving, positive role model. Children mimic their parents, good and bad. Make the most of this by volunteering yourself regularly, even if it is without the family. Your children will look to you as a guide and when it is time for them to join in they will look forward to it even more.
Start with something easy. While we recommend Habitats for Humanity in our causes section, there is no need to jump into volunteering with building houses. Participate in activities like toy drives or adopt a family during the holidays. Simple things like going through items in your home for donation can be a key step in introducing the idea of giving.
Tie it into the family schedule. Once these things have been begun, make them a part of your regular family schedule so that it always is a priority. Family life is busy! Between work, school, sports and activities it can be hard to carve out time. By keeping it a part of the schedule and routine, you will be helping your children understand that your family values these types of things a great deal.
Think to yourself as a child, or if you have older children think to them as they grew. Every other week they find some topic to be intensely interested in. First it’s dogs, then it’s veterinarians, then its dinosaurs and asteroids, then its castles… It’s exhausting isn’t it? Well, when it comes to raising a child with purpose, this is the first step. Letting them discover things they are passionate about.
Once they have found something they care about, your only job is to encourage it. When they ask questions, answer. If they love the outdoors, take them out and teach them about the plants they see. In young children the biggest thing is to just encourage and allow them to explore those things they express interest in. If they ask or express interest in ways they can have a hand in them make sure they have the opportunity to do so.
An example, if little Billy is interested in farm animals see if there is way you can arrange a visit to a farm, to see people living that life, tending to the animals etc. If your daughter sees someone in need and wants to help, help! Talk and teach about homelessness, see if you can volunteer in a shelter or make meals to hand out (check with local laws here, you don’t want your child’s first bit of activism to be met with legal opposition).
Look to causes that teach children as they explore their own interests. [CAUSES SECTION] Things like the Scout organizations go a long way in instilling values and character in your children while they have fun, enjoyable adventures.
Proactive, encouragement, and education are the crucial first steps in Parenting for Purpose. Nurturing those caring sensibilities now so that they can be built upon by your child later as they grow into their own individuality. By creating this solid foundation when they are young, it will become second nature to them to behave in conscious, purposeful manners and look to do good wherever they have chance. Is it fool proof? No, far from it, as each child is unique, the way they will take to this differ from child to child. The important thing is to try and to practice what you preach.
Children are a powerhouse of energy and talent. They are sensitive, committed and can be very steadfast in their goals. That is the reason when children take up a task; they always manage to achieve the best results. This is perhaps where the concept of child activism came into being. It reminds me of an
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