Give the Gift of Giving in 3 Simple Steps

Of all the corporate values that ACE Clinics holds dear, the importance of developing and preparing the next generation is among the most treasured. Teaching young people the importance and inherent joy of sharing and giving is a universal duty of caregivers and providers in all their forms. However, finding time to instill those kind of principles in modern youth can be a serious challenge in such a fast-paced and distraction-filled world. The fact remains though that every child should learn to embrace the value of giving, and it simply is never too early to start. In fact, teaching young people about philanthropy makes for an positive and fun endeavor for the whole family. There are many ways to get started.

Open Up with a Talk

The best place to start with your young child is simply an open and kind chat. Talk about the philanthropic passions which excite you most and speak to them in a positive way that clearly models the kind of enthusiasm and emotional investment you hope to see your son or daughter adopt. Explain which causes you choose to support and how you put that support into action. Positive energy is contagious, and it should not surprise you if your child is soon barraging your with clarifying questions and offers to help. If you personally care very much about an issue like poverty, hands-on giving is a wonderful place to begin. When you are collecting the belonging which you plan to donate, invite your child to choose the toys or clothes he or she would be happy to give away to another young person who very much needs them. It is a perfect opportunity to speak about both the importance and rewards of charity.

Hear Them Out

When your child grows, a natural part of that development involves moving away from the singular desire to imitate and please you towards exploring and embracing their own unique set of interests. Encourage this process by nudging the young members of your family to think about what charitable causes speak most directly to what they care about. You might find yourself surprised!

Work Together

As the younger generations are culturally different, they may have perspectives, insights, or strengths which only serve to improve on your family is able to engage in philanthropy as aunit. For example, many kids today grow up using technology like social media, which can facilitate a much more direct level of access to organizations that are active in the cause with which your child wants to get involved. Find out what sort of causes are important to every family member, find and agree upon a common goal, and then set up a plan to work towards it together. Give everyone their own task so it is clear how your whole family will do their part to be a giver.