Few of us will remember the days when there was a real sense of community. When you could go to your neighbour for a pint of milk and sugar if you were running low. It’s something we’ve lost touch with as a society and a lesson that we should teach our children about. It can teach them compassion and to care for one another. Aside from making the world a nicer place to live, taking care of your community and giving back can help children in a number of ways. Below are some of them that were shared with us by an independent boys’ school in Middlesex.
Belonging to Something Bigger
Community reminds children that they’re a part of something bigger than themselves, whether that be the neighbourhood that they live in or school environment. There’s a sense of belonging and pride which can help them in understanding who they are and build their identity.
Also, children with stronger community ties are likely to do better in school as they feel loved and are more likely to be confident within themselves.
Meeting New People
There’s lots that they can do for their local community – fundraising, gardening projects and much more. As they get involved and do their bit, they will have the opportunity to meet new people and learn as they work alongside them. This will give them the chance to build their communication and key social skills.
It teaches an interesting lesson on responsibility. It reminds children to take care of their local community if they want it to thrive and prosper. There’s also individual responsibility on them to behave and make it a nice place to live.
These are just a few of the reasons as to why you should get involved in your local community. We hope that this post helped. For similar content like this, take a look at my other blogs and parenting resources.