There are few things more annoying in life than a spoilt kid who thinks they are too good to do anything. Sadly, a world of increasing coddling from parents, and the introduction of automation in most aspects of life, means that more and more kids are being raised to be … how do I say this … lazy.
They aren’t helpful. They expect everything to be done for them. As such, this can create a rather toxic personality from a young age: something that is definitely worth correcting in any young child who thinks they are too good to muck in and do things.
How, then, can we help our kids to become a bit more thoughtful and helpful towards others?
Introduce your children to animals
The first suggestion we have is to get your kids more involved with animals. Whether it’s getting a pet at home or looking after a pet for someone else, kids will love spending time around animals.
It helps them to get used to the concept of being around those different to them, and their natural empathy will make them want to help other animals – and people- throughout life.
Let your kids know about inequality
One of the best things to do is open your kid’s eyes early to the fact that they get what you can afford. Others can afford less. In times such as birthdays and times of major purchases – the ‘special days’ for most kids – it’s sometimes good to suggest they contribute rather than taking more for themselves.
A donation to a food bank or an animal shelter is a simple and easy way to let your children know that inequality exists and that they get a lot more than others. It quickly creates gratitude for what they have, instead of longing for what they don’t have. It’s a harsh lesson, but one most children will benefit from learning at a teachable age.
Get your kids involved with others
Another great way to get your children to become a bit more helpfully minded is to get them involved in some form of a club. For example, you could start a gardening club if you have space.
Have them and their friends come over, and you show them the art of gardening. You could have them then harvest these vegetables, and give them to good causes like charities or community events. It’s a great way to get them interested in doing things as a group to help others.
Set an example
Want to raise helpful kids? Then be a helpful parent. If you want to show your kids the benefit of helping others, do it yourself. Make some baked goods for a local fair, or donate some of your evenings to helping out at food banks or around local community events.
Let your kids know what you do with your spare time: that you sacrifice your own time for others.
Raising helpful children is an amazing experience, but you have to be ready to show them the best ways to live and to help others. If you do that, you are much more likely to be left with children who you can be immensely proud of.