|Now that summer has arrived, your children may be looking forward to long, lazy days of no school, no books, and no homework. Relaxing and doing nothing sounds like a great way to spend a summer. Right? But after a few days (or a few hours), kids often come to parents and say those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” What is there for a kid to do after he’s played with ALL of his toys and done all of his chores? Consider a new opportunity for the child who is not yet able to work (and perhaps even those who are). Consider volunteering.|
Volunteering your own time and energy to help someone else has a boomerang effect. You often end up feeling as good as the person you’re helping. Volunteering can boost self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. While the kids have some free time, encourage them to help someone else. There are many things that children, even young ones, can do to help others.
For the older elementary, middle school, and high school child, there are many opportunities, many of them lurking right within the neighborhood. An elementary student could help a neighbor plant a garden and come back weekly to help weed it.