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How does children learn to be supportive?

UN proclaimed at the end of the year 2000 the 31 of August as International Day of Solidarity. On this day the UN remembers that solidarity is not a moral requirement, but also a precondition for the effectiveness of the policies of countries and peoples.

According to this idea of solidarity, in a world with great differences between the poor and the rich, true progress will be achieved through cooperation among all nations and peoples, to end not only poverty but also other inequalities. The greatest gesture of solidarity is to show a common concern and take responsibility to those who can not obtain sufficient resources for development, whose human rights and dignity are not respected.

“Children are more supportive”

How many times have we not heard that phrase? Many. It is always said from the point of view of the one who thinks that the human being is pure goodness from its birth. The truth is that children are not born in solidarity. On the contrary, solidarity must be taught to children through many forms and in the different situations of the day to day.

Something that we can count on is true is the idea that A child of solidarity is a happier child.

Like all noble values, solidarity is learned. And like all values, the sooner you wake up, the more you develop.

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So we will be more successful the easier and more didactic we show to the small the complex realities that the world lives, so that they are motivated and feel that they also are participants, with their help, to build a better world.

According to several children’s psychiatrists, including the renowned psychiatrist Luis Rojas Marcos, they confirm that people who lend themselves to others selflessly stimulate their self-esteem, suffer less anxiety, sleep better, abuse alcohol and drugs less, and better deal with daily setbacks .

How to explain solidarity to a child?

Solidarity is defined as a personal value that implies the ability of members of a community to act as a whole. Thus, the definition of solidarity is based on the respect and empathy that leads us to understand that the other needs our collaboration or support.

Therefore, one of the best places to explain and teach the value of solidarity to children is home and school. One idea is to read children’s stories with them or watch films with values in which solidarity is included.

AMEI, the World Association of Early Childhood Educators, proposes a series of activities that will help them to understand the concept of solidarity.

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3 tricks to teach girls and boys to be supportive:

  1. Our example. The main, ourselves. Better acting solidarity than words. Showing how we are in solidarity with family and friends, and especially with neighbors and other people, will serve as a principle of behavior.
  2. Show them the world: Nothing better than teaching them photos, videos or music from other cultures that reflect customs, activities, clothing, animals or monuments from other countries …, so that we will help you to know what is beyond the environment in The one who lives.
  3. They also teach. Movies that convey values can be a great resource. In addition to having fun watching them also learn with their morals. By choosing the right movies, the solidarity feelings will surface without problem. Watch Lilo & Sticht from Disney for example;)
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