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While many adults are familiar with the importance of community service, not all children are. In a world of materialism and gotta have it, the youth of America don’t always recognize the fact that there are people who are in need of help. Developing a strong sense of community service in your children will provide them with a broader understanding of the world and their place in it.
Still, it is often difficult to determine just how to include community service in your child’s life. There are several factors to consider.
- The child age
- The child’s maturity level
- The child’s abilities.
Taking these things in to account, you can begin to look for community service opportunities that may be ideal for your children.
One idea is to have children work in a soup kitchen. Younger children often find this to be both rewarding and a bit scary. It offers you the opportunity to demonstrate the differences in social classes and the real need for assistance in our country. Other ideas include helping out with local toy drives, visiting senior citizens, and even donating clothing.
Remember that in order for children to develop, we must first show them the way. Encourage your children to participate in community service opportunities and show them that it is not necessary to donate money to help those in need. Sometimes time and caring are all that is needed.
Introducing your child to community service is a lesson that will serve them well into adulthood.