Statistics show that kids who are involved in their community do much better in school, have less social anxiety, and have a greater sense of meaning in their lives. However, as any parent knows, getting kids to do something can often be an uphill battle. If you’re trying to get your kids involved in the community, but aren’t sure how to get started, then here are some of the best tips to see you through.
One of the best ways to get your children to meet other people in your community is to go to local places where you’ll meet other children. A park can be a fantastic place to meet people in your city or town and also have fun while doing it. Your city puts a great amount of energy into creating beautiful parks for its inhabitants. From clearing out leaves to investing in new play equipment, it would be a shame if you didn’t take advantage of the lovely parks that your city has to offer
Enroll Them in a Sport
Consider enrolling your child in a sport that sparks their interest. Even if they aren’t initially thrilled, you may have to do some convincing. Usually, after a few tries, kids get more enthusiastic about a sport and will start to make connections that make them excited about going. Some community centers even offer free sports available to children which may be interesting for your budget. Otherwise, there are a range of paid activities to choose from. From basketball to dance, choose something that will encourage your child to meet other kids, and give them a sense of belonging.
Attend Community Events
Keep an eye on the local community events that are going on in your town. Usually, you’ll find a bulletin board at your local cafe or library which will keep you up to date on the latest happenings. Consider attending as many as you can so that you can meet other people in your community, and get your child excited about attending too.
The best part is that there’s never a shortage of things to do in your community. Whether it’s a fundraiser, sporting event, or a big sale, keep your eye out for the latest happenings that could connect you with other members of your community. Above all, consider getting involved by volunteering for the events. Teaching your child the value of volunteering is a wonderful example to lead by.
Go For Walks
Take the time to go for walks in your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors and other community members. Teach your child the value of saying hello and waving as you walk by other people. Usually, children may be a bit skeptical at first. However, once they see the smiles that they get in return from a simple hello, they’ll start to realize the value of interacting with other people in the community.