Fostering A Child’s Generosity

Fostering a child’s generosity begins with the important adults in his or her life; the adults he or she respects, looks up to and wants most to be like.

image of an ambulance for human generosityEducators, doctors, psychologists and other child development professionals are come out in print and digital media to caution about how much information our children, especially young children, are being exposed to about what has happened and continues to happen in Japan. “The television, Internet and other media outlets are saturated with images of the tragic earthquake and tsunami, so it is inevitable that children will notice something about the event,” says Judith Myers-Walls, professor emerita in human development and family studies, Purdue University. “Parents and child-care providers need to be aware of how this endless stream of information and images can affect a child.”

Yes, we do need to protect our young children from the horrific images that continue to flash across our televisions. However, we can also use this event to foster generosity in our children by involving them in helping the Japanese children directly impacted by the earthquake and the tsunami.

We can tell young children that children far away, in Japan, need our help because their homes were flooded and they need lots of new things that were lost in the flood like clothes and books and toys.

Most young children have a generous spirit. They love to help around the house with small tasks that they are capable of doing. Giving your child the opportunity to earn donation money from doing chores is one way of nurturing generosity. Including them in a family, church, synagogue, school or neighborhood projects to raise money for Japanese earthquake victims is a wonderful way for them to learn to be generous, not only through their own efforts, but through the examples of other children and adults. It also gives them the positive experience of working cooperatively with others for a common cause.

The following organizations are accepting donations for immediate disaster relief in Japan:

Fostering a child’s generosity can take many forms. Children learn generosity most often from watching adults, especially their family members being generous to one another with their time and help as well as giving a cash donation to a cause.


Kids Are Heroes

There are lots of wonderful kids all over the world who are making a difference by helping others and the environment. No one knows this better than an organization called Kids Are Heroes® a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. They do this by showcasing and supporting children who are changing the world through their selfless acts of giving.

Kids Are Heroes raises awareness about the causes kids  believe in. This concept works in every corner of the globe. Kids Are Heroes’ success stems from not telling kids what projects they must perform, but helping them to uncover their passions and then supporting them. This keeps them involved for a longer period of time.

Their site is full of stories about children, even young children, making a difference. The stories make for wonderful shared reading and discussions with your child(ren).

Visit at Be sure to check out ” Meet the Heroes” and if your child is interested, explore how he or she can become a part of Kids Are Heroes.


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