The Daily Dad: Service with your Kiddos

The Daily Dad

(KUTV) -- Do you want your kids to be more involved in their community? The Daily Dad joined Kari & Brooke on Fresh Living to share his top tips for getting your kids involved in community service.

Chase Walker wrote:

"It's important that we teach our children the importance of service. Indeed Mahatma Ghandi taught that "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." But figuring out HOW to introduce your kids to service and WHAT service opportunities are appropriate can be tricky to navigate. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as we're building a service-oriented generation:

  1. Talk with your kids about WHY we do service. The WHY of what we do is more important than that WHAT! Remind our kids that service helps us to connect with humanity in unparalleled ways. If you've got younger kids, use a book like The Giving Tree to introduce the ideas of service and kindness.
  2. Choose age-appropriate service opportunities. If the service opportunity is too complicated or will take too long, young kids will not appreciate what they're doing. If you pick something too easy, older kids will get bored quickly and disengage. Make sure you give your kids service opportunities that are tailored to their age.
  3. Establish a pattern of service! Don't just let service be a one time thing. What's important here is that kids recognize the continual need of service and the opportunities to help. While it's great to do service opportunities that correspond with holidays- for example, feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving, it's important that our kids get involved in projects throughout the whole year.

Some service opportunities will not jive with your kids, and that's okay. Not every experience is going to be a knock out. But what's important is to keep at it."

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