Most of us expect our children to complete some sort of household responsibilities, whether that’s cleaning their bedroom, unloading the dishwasher, or taking out the trash. We give them chores not because we want a clean house (ok, well, that’s part of the reason), but because we are teaching them to become responsible, self-sufficient adults.
The same principle applies for teaching our children to give. We’re not including our children in our family’s philanthropic activities simply so they’ll be aware that we make charitable donations. Rather, we hope to give them the values and tools they’ll need to become adults who care about making a difference in their world. More