Parents want their kids to grow up with the right priorities and values, and that’s a good thing. One of the most important things of all to many people is a sense of community and collaboration. Getting along with the people around you is good and positive, and it’s something to try to instill in your children too. You’ll want them to be a part of the community and to enjoy their role in it, so how can you make that happen?
If you have older neighbors and they sometimes require a little extra help around the home, this need is something to explore with your kids. If you encourage to help people out and do something positive for locals, they’ll soon start to realize the importance of these types of things.
It’s important for kids to have as many responsibilities as possible while growing up and coming to terms with the real world. Of course, I’m not talking about adult responsibilities. Instead, it’s about parents giving them tasks around the house or a dog to care for and walk. These things all show the importance of working hard and being responsible.
When your kids get used to working alongside other people to complete tasks and generally have a good time, they start to realize why community is so utterly important. Life is not a solo mission, and your kids should realize that as soon as possible. Things like group mission trips could be really beneficial for them for exactly that reason. It’ll teach them vital team skills as well.
If you as a parent want them to understand why you’re pushing this community-focused agendas onto them, you need to communicate to them why strong community bonds matter so much. Show them the direct impact and benefits of a strong community spirit and why it’s valuable to them going forward. It is something that they’ll also benefit from in the long-term.
Finally, remember that all of this might not be particularly enjoyable for your kids at first but that’s OK. You can make it more enjoyable by showing them the fun side of being part of a community and working with others. This isn’t a punishment and parents shouldn’t encourage them to think of it as such.
As someone who values community, it’s only natural that you’d want your kids to grow up in the same way and with similar values. Just remember not to make any of this a chore because kids typically don’t respond well to that kind of thing. If you put the suggested ideas into play moving forward, you open the door to your kids becoming well-rounded, community-focused young adults.
Wonderful ideas. Taking kids to the library and farmer’s markets are also great ways to support and grow that sense of community.
I love those additional ideas you’ve provided here too, Grace! Thank you
What a fantastic topic!
I try very diligently to instill a sense of community in my boys (age 11 and 4). We recently took part in a community event after some devastating events happened to local businesses, and my older son said he was so proud to just be there with everyone. So important! Thanks so much for your post! :)
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It’s so great to see kids get engaged. My nephew recently decided to ‘save the salamanders’. He’s 6 and it’s kind of awesome to see him already thinking of something outside himself.
Humans are not born as civilized beings. Living in a community takes a set of skills, all of them acquired.
I appreciate the reblog and support, Robert. xx
My pleasure Christy!
So relevant today — it’s difficult but doubly important to make sure that children see teamwork and its benefits outside of simply sports. Caring for our neighbors is especially important in an increasingly isolated world. Kudos to you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking advice! xox
Excellent points, Christy. I need to make sure I am doing this with my own boys.
Thank you for this insight :)
Reblogging to sister site Success Inspirers World
So important, thanks for sharing Christy. :)
Great post with lots of good ideas, Christy. It makes me think of the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Your children will learn from the example you set.
It is generally women who bring up children.. that tells you everything you need to know. If anyone needs educating it is the girls, the women cause they set the tone.
Wonderful ideas! Insightful xx
Great tips, Christy! One of the best ways to teach kids to participate in their community is to let them learn from your examples-join a group project where everyone can pitch in.
This is a terrific opinion, Christy. Hugs!
I nominated you for The Liebster Award!
From my experience as an parent I didn’t wait a second as soon as my daughter came home it was game on I did the days and my wife did the nights
I would talk and she would listen
I sang songs told her stories
We did numbers colors shapes
Painted colored played with buttons
Marbles and even dry beans
As soon as she had her last round of shots we took her out on a rainy day and everywhere I had to go she went with me
She’s in 6th grade now asking me for the car keys
As Sheldon Mostly
I hope a lot of parents see this Christy. Children need to learn responsibility and these tips are so helpful. <3
I agree with you about how to your neighbors and that making things fun goes a long way.
It really can make a difference. Thank you
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