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Apr 11, 2019


Children as young as four can learn the principles of responsible philanthropy, and they are more than willing participants in the decision-making process. This is the finding from a study at Britain’s University of Kent.

A group of 150 children aged 4 to 8 years were presented information about a series of charitable causes worthy of their donations.  They delved into the details about the needs of each, and they were each provided with a sum of 100 pounds to donate to one or more charities.

The children of all ages demonstrated remarkable understanding of detail and wisdom in their choices.  Most donations went to the poor and homeless (28%), assisting wildlife (26%), and helping needy children (27%).  Fewer funds went to medical research (12%) and international charities (7%) as it was more difficult for the kids to understand and relate to these causes.

A key parenting principle is given children a role in decision-making for themselves and for their families.  You provide a closed set of alternatives all of which are safe, healthy, and positive.  Then let the kids make their decisions.

For instance….It’s time for dinner.  Which color plate would you like to eat on?

It’s ultra-important in child development for kids to shoulder increasing responsibility for their own lives.  In fact, they demand it, and if you refuse to delegate some decision-making to them, they become increasingly rebellious even to the point of being self-destructive.

Children are exposed to more information fast and faster in our digital world.  Give them room to mature, and delight in their accomplishments.

University of Kent. "Children should help choose the charities their schools and families support." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 April 2019. <>.

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