• Your Child Loves Volunteering (They Just Don’t Know It Yet)

    A Kid’s Guide to Volunteering

    Volunteering is an essential experience for kids from late middle school through high school. In addition to the obvious benefit of helping others, volunteering will put kids in contact with like-minded teens and look great on college and job applications. But as their schedule grows busier it’s all too easy for them to quit volunteering in favor of other activities. We’ll show you how to match up your child with volunteering opportunities they’ll truly enjoy.

    Let Them Choose

    First of all, a great way to help your teen or tween to feel excited about volunteering is by offering them choices. Many parents tell their children they must volunteer at a charitable cause for a certain number of hours a week, but let them choose where. Most of all, the fact that you’re letting your child choose a cause that aligns with their interests will go a long way in eliminating any complaints they might have about donating their time.

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    Make Volunteering Relevant to Their Lives

    With a little research, you can help guide your child to an organization or activity they’ll enjoy. Animal lovers can volunteer with the local ASPCA or shelter, or go global and offer support to an organization specializing in conservation. Kids interested in poverty and international issues can collect money for UNICEF or other aid organizations while future doctors can volunteer their time at nursing homes or cancer research charities. Do political campaigns count as volunteering opportunities? We think so, but ask your child; if they’re interested in politics, they should be able to convince you!

    Another idea is to consider what activities your child will actually be doing when they volunteer. If your teen likes to chat and socialize, soup kitchens and shelters provide that opportunity while outdoorsy types can volunteer for work that will keep them out in the sun, like Habitat for Humanity or tree planting.

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    Foster a Lifelong Habit of Volunteering

    Teens are at a prime age to volunteer on their own but you can also make it a family affair, since seeing mom and dad help others sets a positive example for kids. Furthermore, once they realize how fun and rewarding volunteer work can be, they’ll be more likely to look forward to it every week.

    Topics: All, Parenting

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