Every parent aims to raise thoughtful children who work toward the betterment of the world around them. After all, who wants to live in a world filled with self-centered individuals? Unfortunately, this is a task that often proves difficult, to say the least.
That said, there are a few ways to help your kids see the world from a different point of view. This will encourage more mindful actions on their part, and will help them grow into thoughtful adults who understand their place in the world and how they can help make it a better place.
Below are a few suggestions for raising those mindful people you want to see your little ones become.
First and foremost, it is crucial that parents truly connect with their children on a daily basis. A child’s relationship with their parents is one of the first close relationships they have. This is the time when a child learns how to love and begins to develop an understanding of what it means to take care of one another. Without a strong, positive relationship with a parent or other caring adult, a child has no way to learn these things and could easily grow up detached from the world.
Connections can be made through nightly bedtime stories, daily walks, or even something as simple as having breakfast together every morning. Find the ideal times to connect with your little ones and make a habit of doing so each day.
See the World
Traveling in order to see the world as a whole is a great way to help your children in a variety of ways. Spending time in other cultures can help a young person get a sense of perspective and better understand just how good they have it. Additionally, travel can give little ones a chance to see the beauty of the world, which gives them reason to want to preserve that beauty.
Be Involved in the Community
From volunteering at a local animal shelter to offering to help out at the food bank, there are a wide variety of ways to help your children become involved in the community.
These types of experiences help young people truly appreciate what they have, and they give the opportunity to experience that wonderful feeling one gets from helping others. Additionally, developing these kinds of habits now will almost certainly lead to similar habits in years to come.
Teach Them About Money
Helping your children understand the value of the dollar and teaching them how to properly handle money will help them tremendously as they grow older and need to plan for retirement. Not only will they be capable of taking care of themselves financially, they will also have the skills needed to manage their money in a way that leaves them plenty to share as well.
With money to spare and a good, healthy relationship with money, a person can do a lot of good in the world.
People who put too much stock in stuff—i.e. failing to value people and experiences over things—are bound to teach their children the same values.
While there is nothing wrong with owning useful, long-lasting things that truly bring happiness into your life, too much extra clutter can lead to an unhealthy relationship with things. Such a relationship can easily lead to financial hardship as a person attempts to “keep up with the Joneses”. Additionally, it can cause an individual to be blind to what truly matters in life, leading to a self-centered and stuff-centered existence.
Living well and doing well takes hard work. Helping your children do the same is even more work. However, it is well worth all the effort in the end.