It’s never too early to teach your kids the importance of volunteering. Giving back to your community is important, and supporting those in need can be a wonderful thing. From picking up litter in your favourite park, to passing out personal care kits to the homeless, to helping out at your local animal rescue, there are plenty of ways to support your community and give back, even when your kids are too young to volunteer through well-known service organisations.
Not convinced your kids could benefit from a day of volunteering?
Here are five reasons you should absolutely consider volunteering with your children.
They’ll build a sense of community
In today’s tech-centred culture, many people have forgotten what it means to truly be a community. It’s important to get involved at the local level – to meet your neighbours, to help others, and to work together toward shared goals – and volunteering can be a wonderful way for your children to gain exposure to this.
They’ll gain exposure
For children raised in households that don’t experience much hardship, volunteering can be a great way to support a good cause while exposing your children to different cultures, communities, or socioeconomic statuses. You may have to get out of your community to benefit from this one, depending on where you live, but helping out in areas most in need can be the most rewarding experience of all.
They’ll be more appreciative
Many kids struggle to understand what it truly means to be less fortunate. Volunteering with those in your community who are in need can help your children understand how lucky they for all that they have. This can help develop a sense of gratitude and appreciation – two things all children can benefit from.
They’ll learn new skills
Whether you’re volunteering at a soup kitchen, helping to beautify your neighbourhood park, or supporting the community in some other way, your kids can learn useful skills while volunteering that they can put to use in other aspects of their lives.
They’ll have fun
Knowing you’ve done your part to make your community a better place, or to brighten someone’s day, can be incredibly rewarding. If your weekend plans consist of sitting on the couch with the kiddos and watching cartoons, see if you can find a volunteer opportunity nearby – and, if none exists, consider finding your own way to give back as a family. Even more manual tasks, like pulling weeds in the community garden, can be a ton of fun when you’re in good company working toward a common cause. You might be surprised to find how much you enjoy yourself.
There you have it – five awesome reasons I’ve found to volunteer with children. From making connections and learning about other cultures to coming to better appreciate the things in their life, there are plenty of benefits to gain. Do you love to volunteer with your kids? If so, why? Leave a comment and let me know!
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