Starting the Conversation

The below is intended to help guide you through conversations with your child about giving. We have pulled these ideas from some of the leading researchers, our interactions with parents + kids over the past several years, and first-hand experiences from the parents on our team. Feel free to choose what makes sense for you.

Part 1: Ice-Breakers Questions parents can ask their kids to get started

  • Can you think of a time when someone in your family or community helped someone else?
  • Why is helping others something that is important?
  • Can you think of a time when you helped someone else?
  • Can you use 3 words to describe how you feel when you do something nice for someone else?
  • What do you think of when you hear the word “charity?”

Part 2: Examples

Your birthday will be here soon. Remember how we usually [insert family tradition] for your birthday, and how you get to open gifts? For some kids,their birthday is just like any other day—no special dinner [or insert other family tradition], no gifts, no family around.

  • How do you think you would feel if that were our family?
  • Would you want to help make that child’s day brighter?
  • Why is that?
  • How do you think you could help?

Part 3: Preparing to give with Daymaker

Ask your child think to about the gifts that are important to them on their birthday and what their celebration will look like.

Make it real

Encourage your child to read through descriptions on and pick a child (or children!) that they connect with. (Daymaker provides very real opportunities to help.)

Make it personal

Let your child choose the gifts they’d like to purchase. (It’s a personal way to explore the connection.)

Make it tangible

Share with them the updates that come from Daymaker along the way so they can celebrate the good they’ve helped create. (Donating through Daymaker is a tangible way to see and feel the good of giving.)