Lean on child-like optimism and hope
Kids are full of energy and optimism. While as adults it’s easy to feel bombarded by stories of crisis – there are just as many stories of hope. Reflect on the joy of laughing or being there for a friend in need. Everyday moments of hope happen all around us. It’s important to remember this when talking with a child. Children need to be reminded of the fun and wonderful things in the world – especially after a difficult conversation.
Learning is always at its best when it can be put into action! Don’t forget to ask your child what they’d like to do to help, particularly if the conversation has made them upset. Share that we all have the opportunity to help and make a difference through our actions. This could be putting $5/month from their pocket money towards sponsoring a child as a family, choosing to buy a Fairtrade item when you’re next at the supermarket, or running a bake sale or fundraiser at school. Once they’ve shared their ideas, decide on an action together and get going!
Keep it going. Keep talking
Teaching children about global inequality doesn’t end after one conversation. Keep journeying, and keep talking by being open to questions. You could even continue learning together through activities like researching a country, talking about the news, or cooking a new food (Vietnamese springs rolls or Nepalese dumplings are always good fun!). Depending on the age of your child they will be at a different point on the journey. Let their interest lead you in how to take things forward and continue the conversation.