Starting the Conversation about Giving
The below is intended to help guide you through conversations with your child about giving. We have pulled these ideas from some of the leading researchers, our interactions with parents + kids over the past several years, and first-hand experiences from the parents on our team. Feel free to choose what makes sense for you.
Break the Ice
Starting the conversation about giving can be tough. Here are a few questions to help introduce the concept to your child:
- Can you think of a time when you helped someone else?
- Why is helping others something that is important?
- Can you use three words to describe how you feel when you do something nice for someone else?
Make Giving Relatable
Start with a familiar occasion where gifts are exchanged, such as birthdays or holidays. Help your child understand that some families can’t afford to celebrate in the same way.
- How do you think you would feel if that were our family?
- Would you want to help make that child’s day brighter?
- How do you think you could help?
Create the Habit
For many, giving is top of mind during the holidays, but there is need 365 days of the year. That’s where we come in. With Daymaker, you and your child can give together year-round.
Let’s help kids understand that they can make another child’s day on any day of the year.
Talking with Your Family About Play for Puerto Rico
80 years since a hurricane as devastating as Maria has hit Puerto Rico. It was the 5th strongest storm to hit the US in the nation’s history.
3+ million people were affected by the hurricane. That’s more than the number of people living in Chicago.
3 out of 10 people still have no power in their homes. Imagine doing your homework in the dark every day for more than six months.
A few questions to pose
- Think about your favorite toys, books, and games. How do you feel when you play them with your friends & family?
- The children in Puerto Rico are just like you and your friends. They play games, read book, play outside, and go to school. The recent hurricane destroyed a large number of homes in Puerto Rico and left people without food, water or shelter. It also left so many kids in Puerto Rico without their favorite toys and games. Can you imagine how it would feel to lose your favorite toy we just talked about above?
- Some areas of Puerto Rico are still without power. That means they have no lights, no phones, no hot water, and no TV. Try to not use power for one whole hour to learn what it might be like for children in Puerto Rico. How did you feel?