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5 Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Volunteer

Volunteering offers numerous benefits to those involved, but can also be a life-changing experience when it becomes a permanent part of your children’s lives. Mighty Mommy has 5 fun ways to incorporate community service into your family’s lifestyle.

By
Cheryl Butler
January 20, 2013
Episode #216

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Tip #5: Mix it Up

Kids who volunteer, gain valuable life skills including responsibility, punctuality, reliability, and the ability to work in a team. The wonderful thing about teaching your kids the value of volunteering is that you can incorporate it into your own family’s lifestyle in a way that works for you. There are no rules, but there are plenty of opportunities to get your kids excited about the tremendous benefits of giving back rather than just receiving. We have so many advantages in finding ways to volunteer, especially with all the social media avenues available to our kids.   My family has found some wonderful seasonal opportunities that way.

For example, this past holiday season we learned about a program in our community that was looking for students to bake and decorate gingerbread houses for a local shelter.  My 16-year-old son and I arrived at 9am and drove a mother and her son to the grocery store and shopped for all the items we needed to make and decorate a gingerbread house. Six hours later, the gingerbread house was baked and all jazzed up with gumdrops and M & Ms. The smiles on everyone’s faces lasted far longer than the house. It turned out to be one of the best holiday seasons we’ve ever had because my son realized how fortunate he is to have a warm home, food on the table, and the peace of mind that he won’t have to worry about moving from shelter to shelter like some other children. 

These opportunities are all around us, so if we can be creative and get our kids involved in them as a way of life, we can make a positive impact on the larger world.

Do you have any family-friendly volunteer opportunities you are involved with in your community? Please share in the comment section or post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. You can also connect with me on Twitter @MightyMommy or e-mail me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com.

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