Generosity could be defined as doing something in favor of others even if it takes efforts to do so. However, sometimes it is not easy to clearly identify such conduct because it depends on the purity of the intention itself and the effort with which the generous action is carried out. It is not the same when a rich man gives away some of his extra money, than when a poor man gives away his only coin. In order to be generous, it is necessary to be conscious about the fact that what is given or done can actually satisfy a need in others.
A type of generosity is giving money or gifts, or lending objects. For some parents it is easy to give to their children money or gifts, however, they should ask themselves if they do it to satisfy the social and recreational necessities of their children, or for self satisfaction. An excess of money can be the cause of egoism and commodity in children. Some parents can even give their children toys and presents as a way to compensate the lack of dedication they give to their children when it comes to things that require parents to put in more effort and time.
On the other hand, another type of generosity is dedicating time or being available to listen to children, to help them with their homework, or simply to be happy with them. This way of passing time is very positive in the creation of a family environment and a sense of security for the children.
Yet another way of being generous is by making the effort to make the lives of others more pleasant, even if it means to talk to and smile to unfriendly individuals.
There are two ways in which this virtue is more difficult to live by: one is by receiving the favors and attention of others, and the other is by forgiving. Sometimes, it is easier to complete a homework on one’s own than to ask the child to do it. However, it is more educational to give children the opportunities to learn to solve problems by themselves and acquire new methodological habits.
All of the above mentioned acts of generosity are driven by the common effort of stepping outside of one’s self in order to give to others. Moreover, another intention should not be forgotten: make sure to teach children to be generous (Translated by Gianna Sanchez Moretti).