As a mother, one of my hopes is to raise children who are caring, kind and considerate to others. I see too many examples of kids today who just don’t care about anyone, or thing unless it directly affects their wants. I know many families are very busy, including my own, often feeling that they don’t have enough time to spend together let along to give it away to someone else. It may be time to rethink your stance on volunteer as a family when you consider these seven reasons you should be spending time together doing just that.
Seven Reasons You Should Volunteer As A Family
Volunteering Builds Self-esteem. As a parent, one of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering as a family is seeing the sense of empowerment and self-worth in your children grow. Allowing your child to use their natural abilities and gifts to help someone in need will not only give them a sense of accomplishment, but build their self-esteem all while helping out their community.
Learn To Show Compassion. Learning to show compassion and respect from those who are different from us is an important life lesson. The world and your community is vibrant with different social, economical, religious and even people with physical differences then what your children may be exposed to at home. Serving others through volunteering gives children the ability to meet others who are much different from ourselves, it also gives them the opportunity to practice compassion and respect for others.
Exposure To The Needy. Your family may be exposed to a variety of social, economical, and cultural environments that they may not have been exposed to at home. For example: working in a soup kitchen your children may have the chance to learn about homelessness, hunger, and human rights all while learning to show compassion to those in need.
It’s A Great Way To Spend Time As A Family. Volunteer as a family is a great way to spend time together. Find a cause you can all agree on rather it is volunteering at an animal shelter, working in a soup kitchen or visiting the elderly in a nursing home. You may find that volunteering is a much better way to connect and build a stronger bond as a family than watching I Love Lucy reruns.
Volunteering Can Be Fun. I know most people associate volunteering with work. But it can be lots of fun too. Playing Santa for the children at the local Woman’s Shelter, putting on a skit for the elderly at your local nursing home, face painting at a church bazaar are just a few ways to have fun volunteering all while serving your community.
Takes Less Time Than You Think. Unfortunately many families shy away from volunteering because they think it will require a huge time commitment. The truth is even spending a couple of hours a week can make a huge difference. In the time it takes you to watch yet another Disney movie you could be handing out meals to the homeless, mowing the lawn for a disabled vet, or keeping a blind Grandmother company. You may be surprised at just how little time it takes to make a big difference in someone else’s life.
It Changes Lives. One of the most important reasons to volunteer as a family is that while your actions may seem small, they are actually helping to change the lives of those around you for the better. You may have the opportunity to show kindness and even respect to someone who hasn’t had that in a very long time. You may even change the lives of those in your family as your children, and you, grow as a family and gain a giving heart.
As the holiday season approaches and many families spend part of their Thanksgiving or Christmas Day serving those in need take a minute to reflect on the blessings you have in your life. Volunteer as a family doesn’t have to be a seasonal tradition. You can help others, touch people’s lives, and make a huge difference in the way your children view the world around them for the better all year-long.