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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.


  1. So true! My kids have loved the "service" part of our summer school this year. They have baked for people, written letters, and helped with chores at Grandma and Grandpa's house. They even washed a car in my driveway without a complaint!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I don't have kids yet but I'm going to file this away for future reference. Great ideas!

  3. I have heard it sait that service is one of the best ways to build self-esteem, as well. It's a win-win situation. Good ideas!

  4. What a great idea and a fun thing to do with the kids during the "lazy" days of summer...Thanks for posting!!

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