Talking about homeless people with your child

Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Talking about homeless people with your child

It becomes a little awkward to explain such things to your child.

Conversations revolving around the situations and scenarios of the world are always uncomfortable to address. Keep the following pointers in mind:

  • Let your child raise questions and take this as an opportunity to teach empathy to your child.
  • Let them know it's sad to know that some people are homeless.
  • Depending upon their maturity, you can explain them or just answer in a sentence. Keep it as short as possible.
  • Tell them, “Some people do not have enough money for a house.”
  • If your child is very young, (s)he may be satisfied with this answer. Avoid giving extra information.
  • Teach them that there are certain things we cannot change completely but we can definitely do something to help others.
  • Encourage them to donate toys, books, food etc. to the needy people.
  • Tell them to be grateful for what all things they have in life and explain to them that if we have been gifted with goodness in life then it is our responsibility to help the underprivileged.
  • Inform your child about some government and non-government organisations, which are there to help and how you can also make your contributions.

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