The war in Ukraine is horrible, it is heartbreaking to see in the media. The families and children are fleeing their homes, not knowing where they will go or if they will be able to return. They leave with just the things they can carry. Somehow we have forgotten how fortunate we are in the U.S. and other countries not having to endure these horrors.
Now is the time to teach our children about giving, compassion, and the kind of love Jesus taught.
Six Ways To Teach Children Compassion While Helping Ukraine
Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10
- Don’t hide the horrors of war from children. While it is important to be careful and sensitive how we approach the subject, it is also important for children to understand the needs of others.
- Volunteer at a collection center for donations going to Ukraine. This will show children the importance of helping others and show them others need their help.
- Encourage children to start a collection drive for the children of the Ukraine. Blankets, coats, and small toys are desperately needed. This is the perfect job for children. It will teach them the difference between “wants” and “needs”. The more children are a part of this effort, the more they will experience the lessons Jesus taught about helping the needy expecting nothing in return. They will experience the happiness they receive from giving instead of receiving.
- Explain to children the need for their help. Encourage them to draw pictures and send small tokens of their personal love for the children of the Ukraine.
- Be an Example. Children learn more about life from the things we do than they learn from the things we say. Show your personal gratitude that we are not dealing with these atrocities.
- Pray for the people of Ukraine daily, as a family. It is important for children to understand the importance of prayer and to know God hears our prayers. Explain that we do not know why these things are happening, but God is in control.