At a Glance

Habits formed at a young age can stay with us for a lifetime. Cultivate the inclination to help others by helping your child identify a cause to contribute to, and discover the joy of making a difference.

This sets off a positive cycle: giving brings happiness, and happiness encourages giving.

Suitable for:

Your 7 – 12-year old

It will take:

30 minutes

Please prepare:

Printed “Causes” activity sheet, pencil & eraser


Why it’s important to lend a hand to people in need.

The different ways he/she can help make our society better.

The fulfillment that comes from helping others and making a difference.

 

Search online for stories about issues affecting our society – such as the current global pandemic, ongoing environmental degradation and more. Use this as an opportunity to start a conversation with your child about the vulnerable groups which exist because of these issues.

Explain why it’s important to try and make things better (for example: a cleaner, greener world or a more vibrant, inclusive society). Ask your child if he/she wants to help.

 

For your child to better understand the difference he/she can make in the community, we suggest for him/her to start with contributions that have more tangible and immediate impact.

For instance, volunteering (at a soup kitchen or beach clean-up) shows immediate and obvious results as compared to donating to medical research which could be explored subsequently.

* Source: “Why We Cooperate” by Dr. Michael Tomasello, Developmental Psychologist, Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthrolopogy

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