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33 Things to Talk to Kids About Global Challenges helps parents to have family conversations about issues that current and future generations will be facing, and the goals for a brighter future for all humans. No child is too young to make a difference! Why not give them that confidence early on? We owe it to our children to raise them to become global citizens who are aware of the interrelations between everything that is happening in the world.
How about a game: Close your eyes and spin a globe. Now stop the rotation with putting your finger on any country — still with your eyes closed. (You could also use a world map on the computer). Now imagine what your life would be like if you were born in that country. Would you have a big family? What language would you be speaking? What foods would you eat? Would you go to school or work? Would you have a nice home with your own room and nice things to play with? Would you be able to go to college when you are older and find a decent job after you’ve graduated?
There is a saying: “A house is made of walls and beams, a home is built of love and dreams.” Does that mean that if you don’t have a house to live in you can still have a home as long as there is love and dreams? Or does it mean that only if there is love and dreams in a house is it truly a home? What if there is neither a house nor love and dreams?
When you were born, the nurse or midwife most likely took prints of your feet. This was not a courtesy to your parents so they could keep a memento of how little you once were. It was a way to register you. Footprints are like fingerprints: no two are alike, which means that you can be identified by those prints. The footprints taken after birth become part of your birth certificate, along with your first and last name, date and time of birth, your gender, the city in which you were born, and the country of which you are a citizen. It also shows the name of your mother and generally your father.