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 Summer Swing
100% of students experience summer learning loss if they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer.
4 to 6 weeks is the time it takes teachers to re-teach material students forget over the summer.
By 5th grade students in low-income communities can be up to three years behind their peers because of summer learning loss.
A few questions to pose
- Think about the books you have most enjoyed reading with your family. What is your favorite book and what do you love about it?
- If you didn't read any books this summer, what do you think it would be like when you start the new school year? Would you be able to read as well as you do now, or do you think you might fall back a little?
- Can you think of a time when you had to practice something in order to get good at it? (sports, tying shoes, etc.) When you were practicing, did you need any equipment or tools? Did anyone help you? How would you would have felt if you didn't have the right equipment and/or you didn't have anyone to help you?