It’s crucial for parents to help their children grow and develop on a personal level, as well as academically. There are lots of ways you can do this and one option is to encourage them to get involved with the community in some way or another. The idea behind this is to teach your children from an early age the importance of giving back. I have teamed up with a private school in Surrey to explore further.
Start by researching local charities and community events that your child could potentially get involved in. Then try and find some time to chat with your child to see if this would be of interest and find out if they’re passionate about a particular cause. We all have a unique set of interests and skills, so what you find yourself drawn to might not be something your child is too bothered about. For instance, they might have a classmate with Autism and therefore feel strongly about helping support a charity or corporation that helps young people with special educational needs. Alternatively, your child might have a relative with cancer and would prefer to fundraise for Cancer Research UK or volunteer at a local Marie Curie charity store. If your child is old enough, they might want to travel to a third world country and get involved with building a school or religious building for those in need.
There are lots of options and whatever route your child chooses to go down, they will learn a range of important life skills and a new perspective that they can carry through life.For instance, if they work in a charity shop, they will learn customer service skills that will help them find employment going forward. If they help to build an orphanage in a third world country, they will develop carpentry skills and become physically fitter.
Community involvement essentially teaches young people about the hardships that other people go through so that they become more empathetic and open-minded towards others and appreciative of what they have. If you contact your child’s school, they may share some plans of their own to help students get involved with the community.