As parents, we always want the best for our children and for them to become adults who have the desire to make a difference in the world, right? But this can definitely look different to different people. To ensure that you’re nurturing your children to really bring out the best in them, start by focusing on some key areas. This will not only help shape them to be the best versions of themselves, but it can truly make a positive impact in the world too.
Teach Them Kindness, Consideration, and Compassion
So for starters, there are three skills that can help anybody make a difference in the world: kindness, consideration, and compassion. When we think of others, care for others, and help them, we tend to see the world differently.
Scripture sheds a lot of light on what it means to be kind, considerate, and compassionate, even to those who are considered our enemies. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as chosen ones of Elohim, set-apart and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience.”
Not only does showing kindness, consideration, and compassion make the world a better place, but they are also characteristics of being Elohim’s set-apart and beloved. Teaching and showing these skills to our children (especially while they are young) will help them use them naturally later in life.
Lead by Example With Your Own Efforts
This step is one of the most important. We as parents must exercise our abilities to lead by example. Now I’m not saying that we all need to go out and start non-profit organizations but we can start by helping in the community and giving back through charitable donations.
Sometimes we think so big that we sike ourselves out of making even the smallest impact. Some ways to lead by example and show your kids how to model them are:
- Choose one day a season to de-clutter and get rid of things that you no longer need and things that you may think you need but really don’t. Also challenge yourself and your children to add a thing or two that you really like. Gather everything and take them to the local shelter like the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
- Once a month consider picking up trash and litter around your neighborhood (or in a neighborhood that is often ignored).
- Volunteer at the local food bank/pantry.
- Visit nursing homes. Ask if you and your children can read to some of the residents.
These are simple but powerful ways to show our children the efforts we make to improve the world around us. And you never know, they could very well turn into a group and community effort!
Equip Them with the Skills They Need to Succeed
Continuing with the non-profit idea… Let’s say your child decided early on that having a non-profit organization was something they genuinely wanted to do. Beyond the skills you teach them in the home, you could also look into providing them with other opportunities (beyond the home) to make this possible.
One route to go would be allowing your child to shadow a local non-profit leader. This is a sure way to get first-hand experience with what it takes to start and run a successful non-profit organization.
When it comes to your homeschooling curriculum, alongside focusing on the educational basics, it can also be beneficial to focus on areas of their personality and instilling skills in them that can help them to do well in careers and industries that make a difference.
Let’s Talk About It special guest Nitza Moshe shared a very eye-opening example about this. Her son showed a lot of interest in all things computer programming, websites, and design. Because she recognized this at an early age, she was able to give him the opportunity to focus on expanding on his desires. Nitza said that by age 18 (really 14), he was self-employed doing what he loved.
This same story can be true for the child looking to make a difference through teaching, coaching, or even leading a nonprofit organization. Check out the infographic below for more information specifically about nonprofit leadership.
Infographic Design By University of Southern California
Simply put, there are many ways we can encourage our children to make a difference in the world. All we have to do is just start doing something.
CHIME IN: How do you encourage your children to make a difference in the world? Share some ways in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you (and get ideas)!