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Getting Your Kids Excited About Community Service: 5 Tips For Success

Community service is something that can help everyone in an entire neighborhood. Many parents want to get kids involved in community service early. The problem is generating enthusiasm around volunteering. Here are five tips for getting your kids excited about community service.

Choose Activities That Will Impact Your Children’s Lives

The first tip is to try choosing community service activities that will impact the lives of your children. This means finding services that could affect parks, buildings or playgrounds that your children actually visit on a regular basis. The idea of making a place the child knows about better can be very exciting and inspiring.

Allow Kids to Meet People Who Need the Community Service

Some kids have trouble visualizing how important community service might be to someone else. This can leave kids confused and unimpressed. Allow your kids to meet people who need the community service that will be performed. Those personal interactions can potentially cause your children to understand what is happening. That can get kids excited to help.

Encourage Awareness with Custom T-Shirts

A good way to get your kids excited about community service is to provide them with custom t-shirts showcasing the cause from a place like Absolute Screen Printing. The shirt can be brightly colored to get them more excited about wearing it. It can clearly state the purpose of the service event. This can motivate kids to perform community service. It also helps to raise awareness of the event in the local area.

Give Your Children Some Autonomy

A way to really engage and excite your children when it comes to community service is to allow some autonomy. This means allowing your children to operate independently by either choosing an event themselves to taking control of what they do when volunteering. A little autonomy can inspire your children to take the community service event very seriously.

Turn Community Service into a Game or Competition

One final tip is to turn community service tasks into a game or competition. Give your child some concrete goals to work towards during the event. This will help to make the event fun and exciting. You can also provide rewards for your child afterwards if the goals are met during the service event.

Children who begin performing community service at a young age often go on to volunteer at events for a lifetime. You need to show your kids the results of community service so that they understand how valuable volunteering is to the area. These tips will make it easier to get your kids excited about doing community service work.

Tim Esterdahl

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