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The Importance of Building Trust

Category: Activities: Home | Age Group: 8-10


Establishing a Credit Rating


No specific requirements


Children need to learn the importance of trust. It will earn friendships and responsibility. In the future it will help them establish a credit rating which will provide opportunities not available to all people. By being responsible, honest, and trustworthy, they will earn a reputation allowing others to place confidence in them and give them freedoms to pursue opportunities. As such, focusing on those actions and insights towards building a solid reputation is a valuable activity for children.

  • Begin by asking the children to identify something they have which is of great value to them.
  • Ask if they would lend that item to anyone.
  • Ask if they would lend that object to someone special.
  • Get their reasons in support of their answers.
  • Have them explain why they would lend to some people and not to others.
  • Ask if they can explain what it means to trust someone.
  • Have them explain what makes them trust that person.
  • Explain the importance of behaving in such a way as to have other people trust in them enough so that they (the other people) would be willing to lend them things.
  • Explain that when they get older this will be similar to a credit rating – a rating that is high enough that people will lend you things. Provide an example – such as a loan or a mortgage.
  • Explain that, when they get older, a good credit rating is very important and is measured by the following three things:
    1. Character – being trustworthy and a good person.
    2. Capital – owning things that could be given up if they did not repay money they borrowed.
    3. Capacity – having a way of paying things back – for example, having a job that would allow them to pay back the money they borrowed.
  • Discuss with the children how to tell if someone is trustworthy.
  • Play a game that involves establishing trust.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of borrowing and lending.
  • Discuss the old saying “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” and what it suggests and why.