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Could You Trade Couch Time For Service Time?

June 20, 2015

Modelling Service For Your Children

One thing we do have is time.

We don’t have to give money or material items in way of giving, we can serve by giving time.

What child would not benefit from serving others?

Teaching children to serve by giving time will form a service minded habit from a young age.

Benefits of service for children:

  • Powerful bonding with family
  • Feels great
  • Develop compassion
  • Learn new skills and improve existing skills
  • Helps emotional development
  • Seen as a valued member of the community
  • Develops socialising and communications skills
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Friendships

I would say around 12 months ago I realised that sitting on the couch watching TV is not adding value to me or anyone else.

This was when I decided it was time to trade couch time for service time.

So I decided I wanted to add value to people and serve. I became a volunteer for Fred’s Van.

We prepare and serve food for people who are close to or experiencing homelessness.

It is an awesome feeling to see many people be so grateful for your service and the meal they receive.

Do your children model what you do?

 

Indian father and sons reading newspaper

Children look up to their parents like no other.

 Use time to model service by volunteering or adding value to others in some way.

Trying to find somewhere to serve?

Check out the links below:

http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org

https://govolunteer.com.au

How else can we use our time?

Time can be used to:

  • Do acts of kindness
  • Reflecting on how grateful we are
  • Using time to do something fun with your children like cooking.

Please share with the Generation G community where you serve by posting in the comments.

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