Among the many interesting things that your children can be doing this summer are service projects in your community. These projects teach children gratitude, how to care for others, be kind and helpful, and instill a sense of pride in them. There are various non-profits that are committed to many different issues so whether you partner with one or do your own project as a family will be up to you. I have included in this week’s blog some ideas for you to consider.
Start off by talking with your children about what projects they would like to participate in. The last thing you want to happen is have a car full of complaining children because you are “forcing” them to do something they do not want to do. Do they like dogs and cats? If so, consider having them volunteer at an animal shelter. Of course, check with the shelter and other non-profits first before you plan a service project to ensure that they can accommodate children.
Do they complain about trash at the park? Organize them and their friends to do a clean-up. Have they accumulated a lot of clothes that they have outgrown? Help them gather the clothes together and donate them to a women’s shelter. I have listed at the end of this blog a couple of websites that suggest a number of service projects.
Before, during and after each service project, talk to your children about the importance of what they are doing. Encourage them to do more. Praise them for their efforts.
For ideas on service projects and getting your children ready to serve, please read these two online articles: