There is no question that advanced telecommunications has made the world a much smaller place. There is no famine, earthquake or war that takes place anywhere in the world that we don’t know about. And, as a consequence of our knowing, we want to help.
Teaching our children the value and beauty of giving to others less fortunate than ourselves is one of the most important gifts we can give to our children. But how do we, as parents and educators, go about such an important task?
Be a role model for your children, show that you care about other’s misfortune. Show sympathy when a disaster is reported on the other side of the world, and then show your children that you are ready to do something about it. Send spare blankets to the Red Cross. Donate clothing to the Salvation Army. Give money to people you see on the street collecting for others or for themselves. Donate money for classroom chairs or classroom desks in underprivileged places. The most important thing is to show that you care. Your children will get the message, and they will begin to care, too.