Encouraging children to volunteer is one of
the best ways to help them learn the value of helping others.
But for most of us, thinking about adding anything else to a hectic schedule can be overwhelming. Still, there are some great ways to get your whole family involved with a volunteer activity.
Here are some ideas:
• Talk about it. Talk with your kids about why it’s important to give something back. Get their ideas on things they might want to do. Okay, you probably aren’t going to Africa to feed starving children. But you could raise money. Or you could feed hungry people closer to home.
If you choose an activity that comes from your kids, they’re more likely to want to volunteer.
• Start small. Look for a one-day project that you can do. If you find that you like the organizing group, you could sign up for the long term.
• Have a garage sale. Then donate your profits to charity. You’ll get rid of the stuff that has cluttered your house and raise needed funds.
• Teach kids to be grateful. Children tend to take things for granted. Help them become aware of all the reasons they should be grateful. Not everyone has a grandma who loves them. Not everyone has a mom who bakes their favorite cookies.
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