Acts Of Kindness
Raising a compassionate child starts with parents leading by example. Acts of kindness do not have to be an individual effort, however. Working as a family to do community service, volunteer free time to local organizations, and coordinate charity efforts is not only a great way to help others -- it's a great way to grow as a family, too.
"Through volunteering, children feel valued, acquire new skills, and develop compassion and understanding for others," says Heather Jack, Founder of The Volunteer Family. "Parents are also given the opportunity to connect with members of their community while spending more time with their children and passing on important values at the same time."
Here are 20 ways your family can give back to the world around them.
Assisting children in need can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lives and often hits home with young volunteers the most. Try a few of these ideas with your family:
The elderly are often overlooked when the opportunity to volunteer arises; however, seniors are full of experiences, wisdom and hope that can be passed on to your brood. Take the time to help the elderly through these volunteer options:
Helping the less fortunate can help your family appreciate their own good fortune and understand others' difficulties. Some ways your family can give time to the homeless and the hungry:
Giving back to the community by helping animals is a rewarding way to spend time with your family. Here's how:
Sick and disabled
Volunteer with your family to help the sick and disabled members of your community through goodwill actions:
There are so many opportunities to give. The hardest part is choosing! If you are looking for ways to give back that are specific to your community, check out TheVolunteerFamily.org or CMTOneCountry.com for local charities as well as other family-friendly ideas.
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