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What are the benefits of volunteering as a family?

Erik Fisher
Psychology
Volunteering, as a family, can teach many positive lessons. When we contribute our time and effort, it helps us to feel better about ourselves, teaches a stronger work ethic, contributes to learning about the world around us, results in us meeting different people and forming different relationships, and provides confidence-building experiences in a variety of different job tasks.

If, as a parent, you feel that you work hard enough at what you do, then you have to be very careful of the message you are sending your child. If you spent only three hours on a Saturday morning once a month with your kids cleaning up a shelter or planting flowers, or commit part of your day around Thanksgiving or Christmas to feed people at a shelter or church, it still sends a positive message that your children will value the rest of their lives.

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