Us parents will always have the tendency to shelter our children from the ills of the world. That's natural. But at some point, you will have to allow them to realize that life is not all unicorns and rainbows. You will have to open their eyes (in a PG kind of way) to real issues that happen around them. Specially those where they can actually make a difference.
We showed photos of the Yolanda disaster that befell Tacloban, Philippines to our boys. And told them that they can help the little kids who have lost their homes. And their toys. They were more than willing. These are simple ways, but they do go a long way --for the kids in Tacloban and for your kids as well.
1. Your kids can help by deciding for themselves which of their old toys they're willing to donate.
2. Your kids can do the sorting. One box for baby toys, another box for older kids' toys, and so on.
3. They can personalize, like the photo above. This is just a touch that my boys wanted to do and I think it adds a ton of heart to the effort.
4. If your kids are big enough, they can join their school's donation repacking drive for Yolanda victims. This usually happens in school after classes or over the weekend.
These may look like little things, but they're huge for your children. That sense of responsibility and compassion to help others in need is just bigger than anything else. Plus, you've made a bunch of other children smile.