Kids with causes they believe in can be incredible changemakers. From Joan of Arc to Greta Thunberg, young people have shown they are passionate advocates no matter their age or circumstances.
Engaging your kids in community service activities is an effective way to show them they can have an impactful effect. Try organizing group cleanups or volunteering at local animal shelters together.
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1. They’re passionate
Passion-driven children find motivation and inspiration in various pursuits such as sports, art, music or helping others. Furthermore, those driven by passion may be more inclined to be honest with themselves and stay true to their values, even if that means taking risks or standing up for what they believe in.
Children all develop passions at different speeds; some children may quickly be world-changing activists from day one; for others it takes longer for empathy and confidence to be gained before taking any significant actions. Either way is fine; give your child or teen space to find out what drives them!
Your child or teen’s passion may range from appreciating what they love, sharing their ideas on social media and participating in community service activities such as volunteering at their local animal shelter to more intense endeavors such as volunteering or fundraising money and food for a cause they believe in. Whatever it may be, be sure to show them support by acknowledging and applauding their efforts! Whatever it may be, their efforts matter so it’s essential that we show ours!
Help your child or teen explore the world by inviting them outside to play, play sports with friends or join an activity they find intriguing – from learning basket shooting skills and dance techniques to reading Shakespeare and discovering what really matters to them. This exploration can lead to them discovering what their passions are!
As children become aware of issues like climate change, racism, poverty and gun violence that impact their daily lives, it can be easy for them to become concerned with issues like these. They may need guidance in understanding how they can make a difference by getting involved.
Kids can discover their passions through observation too, watching the behavior of people they admire or feel close to. Therefore, it’s crucial that your child or teen spend time with role models who inspire and encourage them to be themselves; by being true to themselves and standing for what they believe in they will gain the tools needed to find their passions themselves.
2. They’re innovative
Children are naturally curious and are always keen on discovering something new about their surroundings. With proper encouragement and guidance from parents and teachers, their curiosity can lead them down an innovative path that may spark innovation in them. Parents or teachers can assist by providing children with stimulating information that guides their curiosity in the right direction.
As opposed to just watching television or playing video games, they can encourage their children to read books that stimulate the mind and promote thought activity. Reading also helps children build logical reasoning skills while developing creativity.
Kids can make an impactful contribution to the world by finding innovative ways to aid others or make a positive change on the environment. For instance, if they witness their neighbors throwing garbage onto the street, they can organize an event to collect trash in order to promote cleanliness in the neighborhood and hopefully inspire other people to follow suit.
An effective way for children to engage with the community is by taking them shopping at places like Trade Aid, which offers products from developing nations while supporting small businesses. Kids may also like visiting food banks and helping fill bags of groceries; or becoming “book fairies” and hiding books around public areas so everyone can benefit.
Parents and teachers must keep this in mind: Innovation is more of a learned skill than something innate, so children need an outlet for their creative ideas and a chance to experiment and learn from mistakes.
3. They’re smart
Reaching out to students through children who are making positive differences in the world can help students realize they too can make an impactful impact, even in small ways. Bringing these inspiring young heroes into classroom discussions can show students that even small changes can make an impactful statement about who matters and makes a difference in our world.
Smart children need to develop more than social and emotional learning; they also must acquire skills such as collaboration with their peers, critical thinking skills and effective communication in order to thrive at college and beyond. With these attributes at their disposal they can build successful careers and relationships throughout life.
Smart children often struggle in school. These students may be spoiled, bored, or lack the commitment necessary to excel; or believe their intelligence is fixed and any failure or challenge as an attack against it, leading them to avoid difficult work or give up too quickly – ultimately disinterested in learning altogether.
Assist your gifted children in reaching their fullest potential by engaging them in challenging yet enriching academic pursuits. Introduce intellectual peers that support your child’s strengths so they can flourish; also, encourage experimentation and making mistakes as this is where real growth occurs; finally be an example of lifelong learning for your family culture by reading to your child from an early age and making learning part of everyday activities like cuddling, playing or conversing together will also aid development of their intelligence.
4. They’re kind
Children may not be able to prevent Ebola or feed refugees, but they can make an impactful statement about humanity by being kind and compassionate towards one another. Kids can do this by learning about other’s needs, helping raise money or food donations for those less fortunate, showing appreciation, or volunteering their time – these actions all show great kindness in return!
Research demonstrates that kids who prioritize kindness excel at social skills and display exceptional leadership qualities, adapt more easily, see other points of view more readily and are kinder overall – less likely to engage in bullying behavior!
Kids are naturally compassionate, but they must also learn what it means to be kind. Teaching kindness doesn’t happen overnight – rather, it should be seen demonstrated and practiced every day by adults in their lives and through storybooks that teach what kind behaviors look like and how best to approach challenging situations.
When children behave unkindly, it’s essential not to criticize or shame them. Instead, it is important that we talk openly and objectively with them about the behavior. Explain that when we treat other people in an unkind way it causes others to feel bad; discuss ways we can be kind toward everyone so that everyone feels happy and contented.
Finally, it’s essential to have regular discussions with your children about ways they can make the world a better place. Give them ideas on ways they can contribute, such as taking care of animals and plants, recycling materials responsibly and giving time and money to people in need. Encourage them to get involved with local service projects alongside friends and family members.
Kind children tend to be kind towards strangers and those within their community. Being kind releases endorphins that make people happier while strengthening connections to life around them.