The Importance of Civic Responsibility in Children

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We generally are so distracted in our everyday lives that we don’t think about what we can do as individuals to make our society a better place for everyone.

Most of the time we believe that the individuals assigned such duties - such as officers, firemen, librarians, etc. -  have everything under control. However, it wouldn’t hurt to help. Both adults and children should be getting involved in their community.  Teaching the younger generation to be more helpful and compassionate is key to ultimately creating a better society on a whole.

But how do you show them? At what age should you start?
 

The answer: You can start at any age. Let me give you a few ideas to teach civic responsibility for any age group.

Babies and Toddlers , 0 - 6 years old:
Younger children don’t necessarily understand the fundamentals of a working society, but they can easily learn that with work comes a reward. Something as simple as having them clean up after themselves, do what they are told after the first (maybe second) time, helping their parents with simple household chores (appropriate for their age) and then receiving their favorite snack, 30 more minutes of their favorite cartoon, or even an extra bedtime story can get them into the habit of responsibility.

 
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elementary 

 

school 

This age range suddenly has several doors open to them when it comes to helping out the community. They can join Scouts, they can help you at soup kitchens, church events, book fairs, you name it! The MAIN factor for them at this age is watching you, yes you, the parent, go out and help the community. All of these activities involve you doing work as well, helping them realize that you understand the work they are doing. At this point, the rewards should begin to be less materialistic and more about how they’ve made someone else's life a bit easier, a bit better.

 
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middle school

This is the age where the parent can relax, somewhat. Typically, middle schools will have volunteering events open to the children, such as school beautification, helping the librarians or kitchen staff, and also have listings of businesses nearby that need help. The responsibility has slowly been placed on the child, compared to before where they would help you help the world.

 
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high school

Now, this is the real time for you to relax. Your child is now a teen, understanding the fundamentals of a working society, and should understand how helping the community is beneficial to everyone. There are even more opportunities for this age group to spread their wings in becoming a responsible citizen. At this point, you can sit back and watch as your child goes out and helps others. The reward for your teenager should definitely be how proud you are of the amount of work they're doing in the community.

Congratulations, you now have a responsible teenager on their way to becoming a civically responsible adult!

 

Special Thanks To Guest Blogger

Evelyn Moroyoqui From The BTFOK Team

 

Until next time...#bethefaceofkindness