Even in a world that is made much smaller by the immediate and broad sharing of information online, it is quite difficult to teach your children directly about those who are raised in a starkly different environment. The most straightforward way is to meet and engage directly with people from a range of upbringings, in order for your offspring to learn humility, and cherish what they have.
This was the method used by FIFA Legend Steve McManaman during a recent visit to the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) in Cambodia, during which he was accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter Ella. The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England star and his daughter spent time with visually-impaired children, and those diagnosed with HIV, who are given access to education, healthcare and sport in an effort to lift their communities out of poverty.
“My daughter is old enough now to be able to understand and take it on board,” McManaman told FIFA.com. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to take her. I wanted to show her that life is not just about going to a nice school and getting lots of presents for your birthday and Christmas, and everybody’s happy.