November 19, 2013

Volunteering as a Family

“Today, families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. It can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development through new learning experiences and the development of new skills,” says Richard Peterson, vice president of for Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers. “Volunteering together as a family provides quality time, strengthens family communication and provides opportunities for family members to be role models and pass on family values to children.”

Character education is a critical part of Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials® curriculum. Volunteering supports the character education pillar of Life Essentials by increasing self-esteem, instilling a sense of responsibility, and helping children develop new social skills. It also helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference. Our program teaches even the youngest students to practice generosity in a developmentally appropriate fashion.

Here are a few tips for nurturing your child’s generous spirit during the holidays and throughout the year:

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