We could talk about the importance of political consciousness in children, and in fact we will touch on that, but a social conscience is even more important. Children are confronted by a selfish, me-focused, existence. And, unless we choose to navigate through that muck and reveal to them the value of other people and the world around them, the cycle will remain unbroken. We will continue to destroy the planet and one another.
As we warned, we will touch on the value of political consciousness mostly because the political landscape is often the venue for social change. Philadelphia 3.0, a nonpartisan organization, formed by business leaders is trying to change the landscape of their city and its Council. They came into existence when the Mayor attempted to sell the city’s gas company to an entity in another state. These are the types of maneuvers that compromise integrity and hurt social morale. We want our children to see through these things and stand above them. But how?
6 Steps to Take to Open Your Child’s Social Conscience
Before your child can advocate for others, or the planet, he must have his social conscience opened. There are steps to take to help him see a wider world than that in which he daily traverses. The steps and procedures will hopefully allow you to create a young one who not only cares about the environment, but also about the people and creatures who live within it. Consider these 6 ideas as you take steps to open your child’s social conscience:
Recycle- If you take the time to employ the recycle bins provided by your local sanitation department, your children will see that you value the planet. And, since they are young and are currently hoping to grow up to be like you, they will take the initiative to learn the value of participating in that endeavor.
Meals- Children are watching your every move. Take the time to prepare a meal with them that is designed to help someone in need. You could make a meal for a family who has lost a loved one or gained a wee one. Letting your kids help make and deliver the meal gets them invested in the process. Learn more.
Compliment- Everyone loves to be given authentic compliments. Do that with your kids. Teach them the value of positive words by providing them with a daily compliment. Watch as they begin to offer similar complimentary words to those around them (even their siblings).
Pen Pal– Let them have the experience of learning about other places around the world. Seek out a pen pal with whom they can regularly correspond. Encourage them to ask questions about the culture and lifestyles of those they write to.
Travel- Believe it or not, planning your next vacation around educational opportunities can be fun. You can allow your children to see the world around them while simultaneously teaching them the ecological, political, and social differences in each place. Read this.
Discuss- When your kids encounter a homeless person, panhandler, or someone with a disability, utilize it as an opportunity to teach through exposure. Ask them what they think and how they feel about what they have seen. Have them consider ways in which they could help those they meet, or be an encouragement to them.