If you and your children volunteered at a soup kitchen over the Thanksgiving weekend, good for you. But if you really want that charitable impulse to stick, that event should be just the beginning.
Many experts on philanthropy and children contend that ongoing discussions about giving and helping, not just one-time events, are also key to raising charity-minded kids.
"It is an ongoing process where parents perform the activities with their children, and they talk with their children about how they felt," said Dwight Burlingame, a professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
A 2013 study for the United Nations Foundation that examined charitable giving by children reached a similar conclusion. Indiana researchers using data from 2002-2003 and 2007-2008, found that both boys and girls were more likely to give to charity if their parents talked to them about it, regardless of their age, family income or ethnicity.
"Parents' giving to charity is not enough to teach children to be charitable. Focused, intentional teaching by talking to children about charity is what works," the study found.