VOLUNTEER AS A FAMILY TO BUILD TRAITS OF SERVICE, COMMITTMENT

Many middle schools encourage students to volunteer. Some even require it. Besides doing good for others, volunteering shows kids they can make a difference.

You can motivate your child to volunteer by making it a family activity. Among the many benefits of volunteering, you'll find that your child:

-Will feel closer to your family and your community.
-Will learn skills that may not be taught in school.
-Will learn to honor their commitments, an essential trait for success in school and like.
-Will learn to focus on the wants and needs of others.

During the middle school years, children focus primarily on home, school and friends. Volunteering can provide ways for your child to learn about helping the wider community.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html. Source: Nemours Foundation, "Community Service - A Family's Guide to Getting Involved", KidsHealth.org,