Little ones have an innate self-centeredness that pulls their focus in to themselves. While this is a natural occurrence with the smallest children, you might want to encourage a broader perspective in your youngster. By casting a friendly eye around, a toddler or preschooler can probably find bountiful opportunities for generosity. A generous spirit will equip a child for winning relationships with the world around him.
It helps to define generosity for little ones to get them on board. Take a few moments to talk about the concept of giving to others to help them. In basic terms, generosity is a mindset that tries to think about others and not just the self. By looking for ways to help others, giving of time and resources, it’s possible to make a difference in other people’s lives. You might say something like, “There are lots of things we can do and ways we can help other people if we really think about it. When we try hard to help others in any way we can, that is generosity. Being generous with our things and our time is important.”
Generosity in the Neighborhood
Look for ways to get your kids involved in generosity in your neighborhood. For example, if you know of an elderly neighbor who needs help with yard work, shoveling or other odd jobs, suggest that your child lead the way to offer help to the neighbor. Talk about a local food pantry in town that collects food donations and suggest that your little one pick out a can or a box of food from your own pantry to donate.
Generosity With Family and Friends
Sharing is another way to demonstrate generosity. Encourage little ones to show generosity with family members, sharing toys and other belongings with a willing spirit. You might also suggest that your little one invite another youngster over for a play date – perhaps a little one who is new to the neighborhood or doesn’t have many friends. By extending a generous hand of love and friendship, your little one can know the satisfaction of helping and showing kindness while the other child can benefit from the friendly gesture.
Generosity With the World
A caring and loving attitude need not stay cooped up locally – it can extend far and wide for a long-reaching effect. Suggest helping the environment by donating money to environmental or wildlife groups. Your toddler or preschooler might enjoy packing a box of goodies to send to deployed military troops. Your child could also go through his closet and toy box to find items he doesn’t need any more and donate the goods to kids in underdeveloped countries.