How to Talk to Kids About Poverty and Homelessness

Inside this guidebook, you'll find concise how-to instructions, age-appropriate ideas, and real-life scenarios for talking to kids (ages 5-11) about poverty and homelessness. These are the steps we found to be the most effective for making sure your message sinks in.

  1. Subtly learn your child's true opinion of poverty.
  2. Explain the basics about poverty.
  3. Discuss poverty stereotypes.
  4. Learn answers to common questions from kids about poverty and homelessness.
  5. Cultivate a home environment that fosters empathy for poor people.

Please note: All of our instructions align with American Psychological Association child development guidelines.

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