The children are our future. We are raising them to be better, smarter, financially more stable, more innovative and creative, and hopefully to become more compassionate than us. Everything we show them, say to them, express around them, talk about to our friends, and conversations they are privy too, will create their fundamental foundation of how they treat the rest of mankind.
Are we teaching our children that they should look out, not only for themselves but, also for others? To live in a society where every man stands together and they should help their fellow man rise to the top with them? Are we teaching them that people who are in a higher economic scale are just like those on the bottom of the scale? Are we explaining how life is very hard and that is why the neighborhood boy is living off of food stamps? Are we expressing that we work so hard for our money and we should share it because we are blessed?
Do we get involved in fundraisers, give some of our money and feel like there is so much more we can do for that cause? Do we teach our children to help simple causes everyday?
The issues of mankind don’t stop because we gave $100.00 to a charity, participated in an event, joined a nonprofit, or ran a fundraising company. The charity is every day. We should take care of each other daily and show our children this kindness. This includes strangers on the streets, hotel staff, restaurant staff, and towards any person whom we just met. We shouldn’t teach them to act caring only in a moment of need but as a quality of who they are as a person. Everyday behavior and compassion on the world has a higher level of impact than just a moment.
Shouldn’t we all want to live in a world where people want to help each other because its the right thing to do? Where people understand that not everyone had the same opportunities and sometimes people may never make it to the top (and that’s ok.) Where we want to help others because that is what true love is and without love we are just floundering our existence.
A world where we will help the strangers on the street because they are our connections regardless of their story. Where we have understanding that everyone doesn’t have a high propensity to earn as much money because their life may have led them astray however, we maintain compassion because life can be hard.
Teaching young children compassion isn’t the easiest thing to do. For starters only compassionate people can teach compassion. The children must watch the behaviors of kindness, helpfulness, and true empathy. Below you will find the steps to be a financially compassionate person and how to pass that trait onto your children.
- Teach them that money isn’t everything. When you are at a restaurant and the waitress has just explained that it has been a hard year. Leave the waitress an extra $10. When your child asks you why you just did that, you get the chance to explain about hope. Hope is mankinds way of thanking others with their generosity.
- Teach them to financially help strangers in a store. The woman in front of you is struggling to find another $2.00. Say “I got this!” and take over the bill. When your child asks you, Why you did that? Explain that you got involved to help the lady not feel embarrassed. It would be horrible to watch the woman put items back!
- Teach them to not be attached to $1. Allow your child to give $1 to a stranger on the street REGARDLESS of where they may spend the money. Your child will remember that moment forever. They wont think “Oh he may go buy booze so I wont give him money!” Children will believe they helped buy a meal or new shoes for the stranger. They will know they helped someone even if it was a small amount in a moment. Teach them about The butterfly effect- small causes can have large effects. Maybe that $1 will be a story on Oprah someday.
- Teach them to enjoy fundraising. Take your child to a fundraiser and have them run a section. Let them feel what it is like to collect money for someone else. Teach them that sometimes we work for free to help others. We support the needs of others and we work together as a team!
- Teach them to give away their money peacefully. Have your child lend their friend a $1 bill at lunch and not ask for it back. You will be teaching your child that the value out of the $1 bill is not worth losing a friend. Fighting over money is a huge issue in adult world. Create a child who will be generous and compassionate with their money.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston S. Churchill