Nobody has ever been accused of saying that raising children is easy. If anyone had, in fact allegedly made this statement, they’d likely be found not guilty for reasons of insanity. Bringing up children is one of the most difficult things in the world, but also one of the most rewarding. Instilling the right values in your children and watching them grow up into fine young adults is a reward that is more than worth the years of hard work. Teaching your children to volunteer and give back to their communities is one of the best things you can do for them.

The best way to teach is, of course, by example. As a great man once said, you have to be the change that you want to see in the world if you ever hope to make a difference. No one ever made a sliver of progress by sitting on the sidelines and telling others what they ought to be doing. Get involved in volunteer and charity work yourself, and bring the kids along to help. Parents are the first role models children have, so it is important that you set a good example for them to follow. Children of givers become givers themselves more often than anyone else.

Don’t let your children become too fixated on money. People who only think about payoffs are more prone to greed and laziness, two personality traits that need to be eliminated from our children in order to build a better world. While it is a good idea to guide your children in becoming thrifty and responsible consumers, too much emphasis on money can lead them to believe it is more important than anything else. In fact, working for the good of others is its own reward, and your children should understand this from an early age. Helping the less fortunate and giving back to the community will help promote a better life for everyone.

Starting from an early age, try to get your children aware of important issues in the local community as well as world-wide. It is all too easy to slip into apathy when problems are dealt with in an out of sight, out of mind way. We are all living in the same world and we all have a responsibility to help out. Having family talks about important issues is a great way to raise awareness in the household and get children passionate about helping work towards a better world. Letting the kids spend too much time getting lost in video games and TV will only serve to create more people who can’t be bothered to take a stance.

Giving back can be as simple as making a donation to your charity of choice, or getting involved in actual volunteer work. If everybody would give back a little to benefit the less fortunate and help our communities, the world would be a much better place. Your children are the future, so get them started on a life of good will by teaching them the values of charity and giving.

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