Posted on November 28, 2018

Encouraging Children to Support a Cause

Charity/ Guest post

This guest post is from Becky Goddard-Hill, co-author of Create Your Own Happy–  a happiness boosting activity book for 7-12 year olds and their families. All the activities are based on scientific findings that explain why doing them will create happiness.

Becky is talking to us today about encouraging children to support a cause. I am a huge advocate of getting children to help and support other people and charities, earlier this year my youngest who was seven at the time ran 25km throughout the month of March and raised almost £170 for Children with Cancer. This was such a positive thing for him to do, it not only gave him a huge confidence boost, it helped keep him fit and made him feel so proud of himself.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss (Author of Cat in the Hat)

Do you have a cause that means a lot to you?  You probably do. Maybe you are vegetarian and want to encourage other people to try this too. Maybe you want to support girls right to be educated in developing countries? Maybe you want to find a cure for cancer.

Why should we encourage children to care?

Children thrive off having a cause to believe in a support. It can bring out the very best in them and can teach them so much about empathy. Supporting a cause is a brilliant way to develop some important lifelong skills too such as organisation and communication skills. Lastly standing up for what they believe in can make a child feel significant and powerful and strong.

Here is an activity for kids that encourages them to find and promote a cause they believe in. It’s a really good idea to do it alongside them each of you working on a different cause and encouraging each other.

Let’s support a great cause

Whatever cause means a lot to you it is well worth speaking out and up about. You may be only one person but wow! You are powerful.

Activity

There are so many ways to support a cause, you could make a badge, start a petition, write to the newspaper, design and hand out leaflets, go on a march, talk to people, join a support group and oh so many things.

Today we would like you to make a poster to support your cause – try and make it really eye catching and get your message across as clear as possible.

You can print off the attached PDF and draw your poster in the space provided

So how did it go? 

Was it easy to come up with a poster idea? Do you think you might display it somewhere? What else might you do to support your cause?

How it works

There are so many benefits doing something meaningful with your time and energy like supporting a cause you believe in . “Find something more important than you are,” said philosopher Dan Dennett discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.”  Well you don’t have to be that fanatic but supporting a good cause will help you feel happier and will make your life feel meaningful and happiness experts have always believed a meaningful life is a big part of a happy one

Create your own happy by standing up and shouting loud about what you believe in and believe you can make a difference – because you absolutely can!

 

Create Your Own Happy will make the perfect Christmas gift this year. You can purchase it on Amazon for just £6.59.

*  Featured Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Cath - Passports and Adventures December 1, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I think supporting great causes is a brilliant thing to get children involved with. My hubby and son supported me when I ran a Rainbow Run in 2016 for a local Welsh charity. This year I’ve been supporting a local Portuguese children’s home by donating my son’s clothes he’s grown out of and giving donation for the car boot sale which is run for them once a month. My son does really understand it yet but is like us to both do things for the home together as he grows up.

  • Reply Laura's Lovely Blog November 30, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    This is a great idea and especially at Christmas I like to encourage my children to support a cause, but your post has made me think how we might be able to do it year-round

  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs November 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    It is fab to get children involved with supporting a cause. We have a few that we like to support. Well done to your son! What an amazing little man he is. 🙂

  • Reply Jenni November 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    We did the Santa Run in Edinburgh last year with the kids. We raised over £200 for When You Wish Upon a Star foundation.

  • Reply Victoria November 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Love this. As a teacher I know that children really do enjoy getting involved in projects relating to raising funds and supporting a cause. Great post! I’ll have to check out the book too. Thanks for sharing! x

    Victoria | http://www.spokenreveries.co.uk

  • Reply Melanie November 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

    What a great idea for a post and yes children helping charity us fab. Love the book too btw xx

  • Reply Wendy November 30, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Oh I love this, what a great way to get kids interested and excited about helping others. My eldest son is five so I think now is a good time to start introducing him to the idea of causes and charities xx

  • Reply Sonia Cave November 29, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    This post is so fab. It is a real thought provoker and I am sure our daughter would take half the worlds problems under her wing! We’d have to guide her a little but I think she’s love doing something like this, and the self esteem boost is good for them too

  • Reply Sabina Green November 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    This is great for kids, I find they really want to get involved with supporting causes. Now the abandoning palm oil to save the orangutans is on my daughters radar since the Iceland advert.

  • Reply Becky November 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for hosting our post Sonia and what a superstar your son is!

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