From another thread, this got me thinking...
I completely agree with this. I'm not sure it's something my kids are really getting. I'm wondering how other families are helping their kids understand and appreciate their privileged lives ... socio-economically, educationally, what-have-you.
One thing that has helped is to get my kids travel opportunities. Ds16 was in rural Cuba last year. Dd19 spent time at about the same age in rural Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, and has also been to India and China. The travel itself is an immense privilege, of course, but it has put them in contact with, and allowed them to leave briefly amongst, people with very little material wealth and very little comparative opportunity.
I'm also glad that we live in a small town where we are constantly rubbing shoulders with people who have much less than we do. Our closest family friends are a family of 7 whose income last year topped $30K for the first time in the 10 years we've known them and who still don't have a flush toilet. We do lots of volunteering around town. We parents do a fair bit of work for free for people who can't afford our services. We give money to local and global charities and aid agencies. Dd19 has grown into a frugal and fiscally sensible young adult. I think we're doing some things right.
But still ... all my kids are working this summer and are flush with income that doesn't have to go into the family account for basics and doesn't have to help pay for their new violin or soccer fees. They all have a choice about school or self-directed learning. Their family is fairly affluent by national standards and appalling affluent by global standards. Are there other things we could be doing? other approaches I could be taking?