Kids Making a Difference
● By Hood Magazine
Teaching our children to be involved in the community is an essential role of parenting. Providing kids with engaging and meaningful experiences early can set them up to be passionate adults who impact the world.
One important item to remember is that children are capable of serving their community at a very young age. Have confidence in your child and encourage him or her to make positive choices. Don’t assume your children are unable to meet a goal, but instead consider how you can support them in their activities.
The first step in helping your child make a difference is to find his or her passion. If your child loves animals, he or she may be excited to help at a local animal shelter. Likewise, some children may be excited about other topics such as helping the elderly, serving individuals with disabilities, protecting the environment, or feeding the hungry.
If you aren't sure where to begin, start by contacting the volunteer Helpline for contact information of local agencies in need of volunteers. Some volunteer opportunities are appropriate for the whole family, and others can be enjoyed by an individual child. Take some time to find out details about the service opportunity before agreeing to help to ensure the situation is age-appropriate and fun!
After a child has volunteered, it is essential to have a few moments to reflect on the experience. What was the best part? What wasn't very fun? What should we do differently next time? How has the experience helped to better our community?