Intergenerational Reading and Seeding, part of Cultivating Compassion in Children, is a program bringing together children and seniors, and generations in-between in the community through retirement facilities and other organizations such as homeschool groups, boy and girl scout troops, MOPS, and daycares. High school teens volunteer and parents are often in attendance.
The focus of the sessions addresses the social issue of isolation, ageism and deals with self worth, self-image, and self-identity. The breakdown of self-image affects mental health, leading displaced frustration of, “am I enough,” to anger and violence in our society.
At these sessions, a child and a senior connect, and then talk about their differences and similarities. A book is read about related topic such as understanding disabilities with aging and how they can be misunderstood, beauty in aging, and inclusion, acceptance and welcoming. They make a related craft together, and share a snack and conversation. These sessions last around 45 minutes. Join us in planting and cultivating the seeds of compassion, one story at a time, several connections at a time.
Two of the stories in the Cultivating Compassion in Children series,
Can Old Be Beautiful and What’s Wrong with Grandpa
tie directly to intergenerational conversations to increase understanding and compassion.