Acts of Generosity can happen in our kids’ daily life without them even noticing it. And because children are like sponges we have to really focus on what we expose them to. To real foster generosity in our kids, we have to be giving. We have to perform acts of kindness in front of them.  Being role models and teaching them, will encourage them to eventually learn to become generous. So, here are some tips you should focus on to raise a generous child:

  • Generosity By Example:

    • Leading by example applies for when you need to teach your child anything. It’s essential and important for you to do it regularly, as your children will do just like you. So you can be generous to them first, to your family, and to others around you.
  • Charity:

    •  Hold their little hand, give them money and let them actually give to the needy and the poor themselves. This is to teach them about the meaning of giving others.  It will also show them the happiness giving can bring to others. And this piece of advice doesn’t necessarily have to apply to it may also be clothes or toys.
  • Smiling and Kind Words:

    •  being generous could be through smiling at people or saying kind things to others.
  • Emotional Support:

    •  Always talk to your kids about your feelings, theirs and others’, and how much it is impactful to support others.
  • Cheering Up Friends or Family:

    • by bringing presents, cakes, or even making handmade cards for others. This small act of kindness could encourage your kids to be giving and considerate of others’ emotions positively.
  • Competing With others:

    • Challenging is good in general, but no need to be the only winner – always -. Through friendly competition you can teach your children that they can win together, and encourage them to help their siblings and friends reach their goals.
  • No Parental Sacrifices:

    • Be moderate with your family to be a good example. Don’t sacrifice all the time to make them comfortable, this will spoil them and magnify their selfishness. Also, you shouldn’t cancel out sacrifices till you become inattentive or careless as this will develop a child’s careless attitude. Moderation is key,  just be moderate and involve them in your daily tasks or even give them their own tasks. Tell them your thoughts and hopes, share with them your feelings, and ask for emotional support and help, you’ll be surprised.

Golden Tip:

Always tell your child the effect of these actions and praise everything they are doing relevant to generosity.

Finally, your child can be a generous adult; to themselves, to you, and to others by learning from you first.

Farida is a teacher, trainer, and counselor, with a broad background of corporate & educational institutes. She is a certified “Positive Discipline Educator" on Parenting & Classroom specializations, from Positive Discipline Association in the USA, supported by the academic studies of “Counseling Skills” from West College Scotland in the UK. Through training courses and conferences she covers various subjects focusing on raising a respectful child, anger management, personality types, and self-awareness. She works in a multinational group of International schools, and as a freelancer who delivers training to a number of other schools & nurseries in Egypt and KSA. She is also a former volleyball champion in Al-Ahly & Egypt’s National Team, and a volleyball coach for juniors. Finally, Farida is a Sadat Academy alumni, with an 11-year experience in the telecom sector, which helped her maintain a start-up business; being the founder of Moka’abat Training Centre (specializing in Learning Life Skills with Lego for juniors, adults & corporate employees, using gamification). You can connect with Farida Fawzy through her social media for parenting counseling or educational consultation.