Teaching your child to “give back” and helping them understand that there are people in the world less fortunate than them are important life lessons that are never too early to teach. In doing so, your child will learn to appreciate what they have and respect others, despite their differences. I have teamed up with a private school in Hampshire to explore the notion of children and community involvement in further detail.
Community involvement can help your child learn many key skills that they can carry with them throughout life, so it’s a good idea to encourage your child to think about it. Start by doing some research about the many different corporations and charities within your local area and use dinnertime as an opportunity to bring it up and chat as a family about the different options. You may notice that each member of your family will have different views and will be drawn to different types of community work, but all avenues will have their own set of benefits.
One option is volunteering in a local charity shop, which will help your child develop customer service skills that will not only help them with their confidence, but will also look great on the CV when they eventually come to apply for jobs. If your child becomes involved with a charity tackling homelessness, they will become more compassionate, whereas if they work with an environmental charity, they might become more eco-conscious as they grow up.
These are just a couple of their options; there are so many charities out there that aim to help people in need, and the route your child takes will also depend on their age. They might be old enough to travel overseas as part of a big group and build an orphanage or religious building. This will teach them construction skills, the importance of teamwork, and even improve their physical fitness.
As you can see, while charity work is a selfless pursuit and will help others, it will also help your child in many ways. If you require some additional information, do not be afraid to contact your child’s teachers. The school may have their own programmes that your child could get involved in.
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