The other day, as I was driving to a mission center to feed the homeless with my Sunday school class, I realized that I get great joy from contributing my time to those in need. That led me to think about my own children and how proud I am of them when they reach out and do something kind for someone else. Of course I started wondering how could I turn this thought into a blog to encourage other parents?
Parents need to teach their kids to be compassionate members of society. As parents and role models, we need to be sure to teach our children to serve and to develop an attitude of “it’s not all about me”. And “what can I do for someone today”. That kind of attitude needs to be cultivated. Children need to be guided and it is never too late to start teaching compassion and sense of community to yours.
The best way to teach our children about being compassionate and giving is to be a charitable person ourselves. The single-parent life can be stressful and often short on time. I think it’s important that giving to your community is a very important area of our lives. An area that we need to be sure that our children are developing and an area we cannot forget about in our own lives.
Lift your spirits up and become involved in your community and get your children involved too. You won’t regret it and your kids and the people (or animals) you touch will appreciate your time! Your children will thank you for helping them connect to the community and gain a sense of accomplishment that will carry with them for years to come.
There are hundreds (even thousands) of organizations that are always seeking volunteers. What are your children interested in? What are their talents? What are your talents? Have you considered volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Homeless Center, Humane Society, Senior Care Centers, Junior Achievement, your church, your children’s school, Red Cross or other community organizations?
Resources to get you and your family started:
“9 ways to teach your children about charity” by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller http://www.parents.com/parenting/money/donate-to-charity/9-ways-to-teach-your-child-about-charity-/?page=2
I also found this website that gives a list of community service ideas for kids of all ages;
Please share with us at “My Turn Your Turn” some ways that you teach your children to have compassion for others by emailing us your story at email@example.com.
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