Published on April 15, 2015 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
Kids today tend to be overscheduled with school and sports activities, but how often is their time spent helping others? Chances are many of us haven’t thought much about consistently making sure our kids are participating in some sort of community service. These activities are an important aspect of raising well rounded, caring kids. Here are some of the benefits to getting your children more involved in serving others.
Four Benefits for Kids Involved in Community Projects
See The Real World: When a child is introduced to situations outside of their own everyday life, it opens their eyes to the world around them. We all know that kids, as a norm, can be fairly self-centered. Helping others and serving the community can help them understand what kind of real problems there are in the world, making them aware of the struggles of others. There is really no better way to teach kids compassion than through them helping others.
Feel Better: Kids involved in community service activities will often say that it makes them feel better or that they get as much out of helping others as the people being helped. Serving others is a way to enrich a child’s life and give them the opportunity to feel how good helping others can be.
Get an Edge: When headed to college, a well-rounded child with ample volunteer experience is more likely to have an edge up on college applications and acceptances. Colleges want to know that the kids they are admitting to their schools are not only educationally sound, but also community-minded and involved.
Make New Friends: Children who volunteer meet other like-minded children during volunteer activities. It’s amazing to see what a few good friends can do to really make a difference with a cause. The power of connecting over volunteer work is a wonderful thing that increases confidence and social skills.
Community Service & Charity Resources
Call local animal shelters, senior centers, parks and recreation departments to see how children can get involved directly in their communities, and also consider the following well-known organizations and websites:
For children of all ages, getting involved in serving the community is a great way to learn empathy and compassion, to build relationships with others and to feel a greater purpose in life. As parents, it should be our responsibility to make sure that they build in time to their busy schedules for giving back to others. They won’t ever regret doing so.