Although this quotation doesn’t mention education, it does make a great point about how we teach our children. In school, we encourage students to learn so they can eventually succeed on their own in the world. But do we teach them how to “make a life” by giving?
Giving help, love, kindness, and guidance are just a few ways we can give to others, and these forms of giving can result in some of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. But sometimes parents and teachers don’t spend enough time emphasizing the value of giving for its own sake. An effective way to help children learn how to give fully is through volunteering.
It’s National Volunteer Week, so take this opportunity to help your child give back to the community. Try some of these volunteer websites to find an activity near you.
Volunteermatch.org helps volunteers, business leaders, and nonprofit organizations find ways to give back to the community. On the homepage, all you have to do is type in your location and a few keywords. To find volunteer opportunities for kids, try using keywords such as “children,” “kids,” “students,” “families,” or “learning.”
Habitat for Humanity
People of all ages can join Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a family in need. In the Habitat for Humanity Youth Program, there are different teams and opportunities for children ages 5–8, 9–13, and 14 and up. There’s also a team for teachers, parents, and youth leaders. Children ...