Teaching Kids about Service

• 30 June 2008

One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.

-Albert Schweitzer

I love this clever list of "do good ideas" for parents & children alike. What a great way to teach children empathy in a real environment! Such a breath of fresh air. I hope I can be motivated enough to practice some of these with my own kiddos.

A few favorites:

1. Pick up litter in your neighborhood park or playground.

(I think I'd bring inexpensive latex gloves from the grocery store for my kids to wear)

2. Set up a lemonade stand to benefit our troops or a local hospital (really, any charity will do).

If I participated in the latter with my kids, I would involve them in dropping off the funds as well just to cement the whole experience into their little impressionable minds :) Perhaps a little tour of the facilities/grounds (if applicable) would be in order also.

Click here to read the original article in Parents magazine.


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