Giving Back

As the holiday season approaches, many parents face the annual question of “how much is too much?” From sweets treats to gifts galore, American families face a slippery slope towards spoiling our next generation.

Encourage gratitude in your family’s attitude this holiday season by blocking off some time to give back. No matter what your age, volunteering in your community has untold benefits. You not only get to help others but also get to have fun, meet new people, and try new activities.

A positive volunteer experience offers kids an energizing escape from the pressure they face at school and home. Research shows youth who volunteer feel more connected to their community, adapt better to unfamiliar social situations, have better social skills, and are less likely to engage in risky behavior.

A commitment to giving back is one of the most precious gifts you can give your kids. Talk to your kids today about how they would like to give back. Make a plan, and give reluctant children an opportunity to invite a friend along for the ride.

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