Teaching our children the importance of community service is a value that is shared among many parents and academics. Studies show that introducing children to volunteering can help foster empathy, build self-esteem, and teach social responsibility.
As an individual and a parent, wanting to do more for my community is important – and teaching this to my children is even more so. However, life is hectic. Just getting my children ready for school while trying to get ready for work can be overwhelming – not to mention the chaos that ensues at 5:00pm when frantically rushing to pick-up my children after school, prepare dinner then help my children tackle homework. How in the world do parents find time teach children about community service, and/or volunteering?
One idea is to simply work community service actions into our daily activities. Last month, Rain of Hope shared a suggestion from Parents.com about a simple way to involve your children in donating to your local food pantry.
Here’s another to add to your list: Read a FREE book online with your child, and help another child gain access to books!
Every time a book is read online at First Book, a book is given to others. Created by the Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation, First Book is a FREE online library that donates books to organizations such as Harlems’ Children Zone, Books for Asia, Hope for Haiti, and Moving Windmills Projects – to name a few.
The set-up process takes only a few minutes (less than 5 minutes!):
Go to First Book and create a FREE online account.
Next, click “Read” from the top of the page, to select a FREE book to read online
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