In fact I’m certain that it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My young family is in the fiercely independent phase that leaves even the simplest task up for debate and hour-long executions. The tantrums are often and the frustrations piled high. But, I know this is just a phase much like the sleepless nights phase and the won’t eat phase and the diapers phase. Lately we’ve been in survival mode, but the hardest thing about being a parent is the immense responsibility of raising a tiny human to be a person full of character.
Teaching positive character traits is challenging, but the science of child development has taught us that children decide how they feel about the world from a young age. They develop ideals about good and bad early and these characters traits are foundational to who they become and how they treat others.These are the things that I think about often and these are the things I know I need to work on now. Even in the middle of all the chaos.
Generosity is a hard trait to teach.
We’re naturally selfish, and children aren’t any different. We’re bent toward seeking after our own happiness and satisfying our wants before those of others. Crafting intentionality around generosity is a concept that I’m still working on in my own spirit while I also try to build it into my son’s. It’s hard, friends, but luckily there are some resources to help.
In this ebook, you’ll discover ways you can not only foster a heart of generosity in your children but also to learn about other cultures and how to help people in poverty. Together, you’ll do fun things like:
Make dirt pudding
Assemble a donkey cart to hold school supplies
Create a paper guinea pig
Bless a coffee lover in your life
And so much more!
I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to have fun with the children in your life, while also building them up to be generous adults.