December 14, 2009 at 10:56 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Here at LHJ we think one of the most powerful ways to make our world a better place is to teach our kids to give back. Helping children learn why it’s important to care about the people and world around them—and giving them the tools to help out in their communities—is one of the best ways to spark change (and raise really good kids while you’re at it!). That’s why we really like 18-year-old Sondra Clark’s book, 77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve. It’s geared toward tweens and gives great suggestions for kids with different interests and hobbies—projects with animals, ideas for crafty kids, eco suggestions and lots more.
Sondra knows her stuff: She’s the daughter of do-gooder and speaker Silvana Clark, and has taught crafts in Africa, served breakfast to needy kids in Peru, and distributed shoes in Guatemala. Pretty impressive, right?
You’ll find ideas to get any kid excited about giving back: Animal lovers can collect old tennis balls to entertain dogs in animal shelters. Little foodies can bake goodies for the Great American Bake Sale. Have a tech-genius? She can teach senior citizens how to use the computer. Many of the ideas would be great to do as a family too.
What about you–do you volunteer or do projects to give back as a family? Have you tried to get your kids interested in giving back?