Practicing Generosity at Home

Elizabeth Herrick WOW Leave a Comment

We believe our work is important, that engaging students in generous endeavors through their classrooms can make a lasting impact on their perspective and motivation to be engaged in their community. We also know that our work is only one portion of the pie, and that students’ parents and guardians make lasting impacts on their values and actions. Practicing and talking about Generosity is essential both at home and at school. This doesn’t have to be a time consuming or financially draining activity– maybe it’s a conversation around the dinner table, or quick Saturday activity, and who knows- maybe these short conversations or actions will inspire your student and your family to create greater endeavors of your own.

Here are some great ways to foster generosity within your own household:

Spark a conversation about generosity over dinner or in the car:

  • What is the best gift you ever gave?
  • What was the smallest gift you ever gave? What impact did it have?
  • If you had 1 million dollars to give away, who would you give it to and why?
  • What is the best thing someone has ever done for you?
  • What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone?
  • What is the difference between needs and wants?
  • What are some of your favorite organizations that help others?
  • If you could have changed things in the world this year, what would you change?
  • Name one way that you are willing to help a friend or neighbor this week.

    “Kindness Scavenger Hunt”— Compile a list of a dozen or so of favors that take five minutes or less to complete and then complete them together as a family.

    15 Minute Favors: Once a month, challenge each other to come up with one act of kindness or generosity that takes 15 minute to complete.

    Give Thanks: Gratitude is one of our most powerful emotions and when we give it, it increases our connection to our you community.Practice giving thanks among your own family, encourage thank you note writing, and help your child identify what they are grateful for within their own life and our community.

    Find a local opportunity: contact a nonprofit you or your kids love and find out if they have any community volunteer times or events (you can walk dogs at the Animal Shelter, or help harvest veggies at Bloom Community Farm for example).

    “Save, Spend, Give” If your child receives an allowance, ask him or her to divide it into three separate jars, Spend, Save, Give, and once a quarter or a few times a year, help your child determine where to give his or her donation.

    Give away gently used, outgrown toys and clothes: engage your children in this process, have them identify what they don’t where or pay with anymore and then take it together to a donation site in town (there are various thrift stores in Ketchum and Hailey that are connected with local nonprofits– The Attic, Goldmine, and Barkin’ Basement for starters.

  • Want more ideas? Check out these great, quick reads on raising generous children:
    10 Ways to Raise a Giving Child
    10 Ways to Raise a Charitable Child

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