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Encouraging Kids To Get Involved In Their Community

It is very easy for teenagers to become self-absorbed. The culture encourages people to look out for numero uno. This is unfortunate. When teens get too self-involved, small things can suddenly become big deals and teens can easily get depressed when things don’t go their way. To help avoid this, it is important to get teens involved in helping others in their community. Find out what issues concern them and then have them call up an organization and offer to volunteer. If they can not think of anything, some good places that often need volunteers include local hospitals, soup kitchens, elderly homes and many non-profit organizations.

Start early if you can. If volunteering, considering and helping others becomes familiar early on, the behavior will likely continue as the child gets older. Let your child become aware of the plight of others so that they learn to appreciate the things and opportunities that they do have. This will also increase the chances that they will continue to give back even as adults.

Volunteering also gives children and teenagers a sense of power. When they see that their helpful actions can actually make a difference, make someone feel better or make another person’s life more comfortable, they will gain a sense of their own personal power. They will understand that their actions can used to uplift and encourage others.

2 Responses to “Encouraging Kids To Get Involved In Their Community”

  1. Serena Jones-McGregor says:

    This is an awesome idea. I’ve been meaning to check to see if any of the local nursing homes where I live do the adopt-a-grandparent program. I think it would instill some pretty significant values into my children. I wonder if there are age limits for programs like that.

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  2. Nigel says:

    Great idea to check it out – there may well be age limits but they may be flexibile if you go with them.

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