Children have huge hearts and amazing spirits. If we teach them to help others early in life, they may just grow up changing the world. The question for many parents, though, is how do we get them started?
As every parent quickly learns, children watch everything you do! Family volunteering is a great way to teach your children to reach out to others by modelling that behaviour for them in a safe and comfortable environment. In fact, 63% ofCalgary teens reported that they were inspired to volunteer by their parents.
While it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules, the benefits and rewards are worth it. By giving back to the community, you show your children firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact positive change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know your community and learn more about the resources and activities that are available for your children and family.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to teach your children skills that will prove to be handy later in life. It can teach them compassion and responsibility and help them to realize all the things that they have to be thankful for — things that most children simply take for granted.
How do you get your family started?
- Find ways that you can include your children into the volunteer work that you may already be doing.
- Look at the interests of your children and use that to help guide them to get involved in volunteering that they will enjoy.
- Do a search on the Volunteer Calgary website to help you look for local non-profit groups that need help and can accommodate youth and families.
If you make volunteering a part of your children’s lives growing up, you will inspire them to make volunteering an ongoing part of their lives for many years to come.
Get more tips to help you find a great volunteer fit on the Family Page of the Volunteer Calgary website.
Good luck and happy volunteering!