Raise A Giving Teenager

Some high schools require students to complete a certain number of community service hours before graduating. If you are raising your teens or grandkids to be generous and thoughtful individuals, then stress to them the importance of giving back. Here are three ways you can help your teen cultivate a spirit of generosity and a willingness to serve: 

Make it a family affair. Be the example of stewardship you want your teens to follow. Find an organization or a cause that the entire family can get involved with and participate in together.

Let them decide. If your teens have a service project they want to explore, then support them in their efforts. Their ideas are being shaped by their interests and experiences. Your encouragement at this crucial stage in their development will help validate their sense of self-worth and provide an additional boost of motivation.

Even small gestures count. Raising money for charity or volunteering a couple of hours a week at a food bank or a similar civic-minded organization are great ways to give back. So, too, are neighborly deeds, such as shoveling an elderly neighbor’s driveway or pulling their trash cans out to the curb. Teach your teens to never overlook small ways in which they can make a difference.


No comments

Post Your Comment:

Your email will not be published
Reciprocity Logo The data relating to real estate on this website comes in part from the MLS® Reciprocity program of either the Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR), the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) or the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB). Real estate listings held by participating real estate firms are marked with the MLS® logo and detailed information about the listing includes the name of the listing agent. This representation is based in whole or part on data generated by either the GVR, the FVREB or the CADREB which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. The materials contained on this page may not be reproduced without the express written consent of either the GVR, the FVREB or the CADREB.