We can make the most of our bi-weekly actions by helping our kids gain a deeper understanding of our activities and integrating these ideas into our daily lives. We encourage you to prepare and review key ideas for each event with your kids on your drive to and from the events. You know their emotional and cognitive level better than anyone, so use these ideas as a way to guide your conversations and gauge how much of the world you think they are ready to understand. No matter what, make sure to be genuine, authentic, and unafraid to say, “I don’t know.” It is important to just try and have these discussions— you are laying the groundwork for our children to be able to recognize inequity and feel comfortable taking action. In this instance, it is almost always better to make the mistake of saying too much than not saying enough about any privileges we experience in this world.
CAR TALK: Bloom Where You’re Planted!!!
Access to Food—
Some people have a hard time affording food, even in Charlottesville. We are so fortunate that we are in a position to put good, healthy food in our bodies (if you feel like this is true for you), and we want to help other people take care of their bodies, too. We are going to be planting seeds to put in gardens so that people who may have a harder time getting healthy food can grow it for themselves!
Similarities in People—
It is really cool that people that look different, act different, believe different things from us all need food to live. Its something we all have in common, because we are all people and we all need the same things to live.
Locally Grown Food—
The food in grocery stores is usually grown really far away, like California, Florida, or even other countries! That food has to travel in planes and trucks all the way to the grocery stores and then to your homes. Its great that we can have food all of the time, but the trucks and plane rides can pollute our air. So when we eat food that is grown locally, right here in Charlottesville, we are also helping our planet. Each see that you plant helps our world by keeping the air cleaner!
-How do you think kids who eat these vegetables are going to feel? How does it feel to you knowing that you helped a kid feel that way?
-When you see people that look really different from you, what is one thing that you know is the same about you? (PS- thats always a good conversation starter! “What is your favorite food?”) What else is the same about all the people in the world?
-Have you ever eaten something that you grew yourself? How did it taste? How did it feel to know you grew it yourself? How does it feel to know you are helping our world by eating locally grown food?
-Always ask your kids if they have any other ideas for how we can help in these areas!! You’d be surprised by how thoughtful they can be!