Wondering how to start doing service with your kids? PBS gives nine thoughtful tips on how to start and what to do here.
These are the tips they list:
- Be a giving role model: “When a parent or guardian is involved, the child often looks forward to the activity even more, and you get to share this special time with your child.”
- Find something fun: “Community service doesn't have to be a chore. Find something that interests your child or family.”
- Find something easy: “Volunteering doesn't have to take up an entire day if you don't want it to.”
- Make it part of the family schedule: “If you make it part of the family routine, you can instill the notion that your family values giving their time and helping hands to those in need.”
- Create your own opportunity: “A few options that you can do with your child include fund raising, such as a walkathon, a lemonade stand or bringing a Unicef can with you when you trick-or-treat.”
- Think beyond volunteering: “...taking your child on a field trip to expose them to an important social issue, such as homelessness, animal rescue or saving the environment”
- Learn from other generations: “Senior centers are great options for older children to visit and spend time talking, reading or even watching TV with seniors whose relatives may not live nearby.”
- Enlist your friends and family: “Once you catch the giving spirit, consider asking your family and friends to join in.”
What has made volunteering easier for your family? What aspects of service remain a struggle for you?
Which of these things would you like to try implementing?