Poverty is a big, complex topic that can feel daunting to discuss with kids. But millions of children around the world are living in poverty. They are just like our kids, who love to play and learn and spend time with friends. The only difference is that poverty robs them of hope and steals their future.
To ensure our families respond to poverty as Jesus did, it’s important to teach children the value of compassion. It means we want them to recognize suffering in the world and then take action to help.
So how do we talk about poverty with our children in a way that makes sense to them? How do we raise kids who understand poverty, have compassion and take action? Well, it might be easier than it seems. Below, two parents share their best advice for talking to kids about poverty.
Amanda, a Compassion sponsor and mom of two, first started sponsoring two kids with her teacher and classmates when she was in the sixth grade. At such a young age, Amanda did not fully grasp the concept of poverty or child sponsorship. But once she started exchanging letters with their sponsored kids, she began to understand what poverty looks like in a more tangible way.