My kids came into my room on Sunday afternoon saying they had missed me all week and they wanted to bond (I had an unusually busy week). So we struck a deal that I would finish up the article I was reading (It was for a review) then they could tell me all about the things I missed.
Of course, my inquisitive son wanted to know what I was reading, so I told them. The article I was reading was about the Global Day of Social Justice, and you can bet I had to explain what that means in basic English and before I knew it, I was deep in a conversation with them on all the change that needs to happen in the world.
In their innocent “1+1=2” way, they were convinced that what I had told them about kindness healing the world was all the change the world needed. My daughter who happens to love playing dress-up believes that fashion can change the world, so together we came up with a list of 5 ways kids can change the world through fashion.
Giving is a culture that every human should learn. Kids can give things like toys, clothes and accessories they don’t use anymore. These items can be given to the under-privileged, it’s not going to immediately change the state of every child in the world but it would make at least one child smile.
Your kids could volunteer with their favourite kids’ clothing brand on the brand’s next CSR (Corperate Social Responsibilty) activity. It’s a good way for them to give and it helps them see first-hand that kindness is a beautiful human trait that changes the world one person at a time.
3. Be a collector
You could encourage them to talk to other kids about donating things they don’t need. So, they could gather these things and you can drive them to drop it off at a charity home for kids.
4. The 1 for 4 principle
1 for 4 in this case simply means that for every four fashion item you buy for them, there’s an agreement between you that the next one would be bought for a child in an orphanage of their choosing.
5. Talk to others about it
You could encourage them to talk to other kids about getting involved in doing things for others who need it. Not just kids in their school but even kids they meet when they go for events or when they go shopping.
There’s a fulfillment kids get from knowing their little actions make a world of difference, like when they hug you because you look tired or stressed and they believe their hug will make everything better, and really it does, in a beautiful way. So even as we observe the World Day of Social Justice today, let’s keep showing our kids that their little actions make a big difference in the world.