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How to Get Involved With Your Kids
Get Your Child Involved
It is never too early to get your child involved, and there are numerous possibilities how you can become active with them. The benefits of your child being apart of activities teaches values and skills that will be carried over into adulthood, and used for a lifetime. It is our responsibility as parents to help our kids grow into productive citizens, and involvement is one tool that helps the succession rate.
It has been proven that children with few to no responsibilities, and who have parents that are not involved in their daily activities are more likely to get into mischief as minors. Becoming and staying involved in your kids everyday lives shows that you care, and you have their best interest in mind.
Remember to never force your child into an activity they do not wish to participate in, but it is okay to make sure they follow through with commitments. Be sure they understand all responsibilities and tasks before they choose what they would like to become involved in, and that once they become a part of that activity they will need to see it through.
Some of the benefits and skills taught with being active and involved include:
Ways to Get Involved
The age at which children can usually begin sports is 4 years old depending on their birthday. Your child may never be a stand out athlete, but being taught there are rules outside of the home is a valuable lesson. Kids see that you can't win or be the best at everything, and in those times of losses it is expected of them to still show good sportsmanship.
If your child doesn't already know what some of these sports are on the list below, try giving a brief description, show them video clips on a computer, or even take your kid(s) to a local school aged game. Be sure they understand what is involved in each sport, and let them decide for themselves.
- Baseball or Softball
- Flag Football
It's sometimes hard to make children understand the importance of giving back to the community, but you can teach them by taking your child out and showing them firsthand. Letting children decide for themselves how they would like to help creates a sense of pride when the task is complete. Talk to your child about possible activities that you could do together, making sure they understand all the responsibilities and tasks involved. Afterwards give them the choice of deciding how they would like to give back to your community.
- Volunteering at a nursing home
- Non-profit organizations (even better if they allow junior members)
- Creating a group that cleans up areas of your city such as local parks
- Creating a petition for something your town needs changed
- Delivering meals to those in need
Helping your child to be involved with their school, and staying active in their education is one of the best gifts us parents can give our children. When kids enjoy school they are less likely to drop out before completion, and more like to continue their education after high school. Get creative, and think of ways you and your child can participate or help out your school district, a particular grade, or just your child's classroom. Let your child be involved in the brainstorming process, and they will feel extra special when the time comes for the activity.
- Start a new reward system. If the entire class makes a B or higher on a test, ask the parents to chip in a few dollars each, and have a pizza party.
- Plan a field trip. Children enjoy the fact of being out of the classroom during school hours, so you don't have to exhaust yourself planning the perfect place. You could get area businesses involved and once a month take a tour of a new facility to learn what that particular company does.
- Have a bake sale to raise money. Schools can never too many supplies, and each year there are teachers that go without much needed materials. This is not only a huge help to the instructors, but your children as well since these tools will aid in your kid's education.
- Volunteer to teach. Talk to other parents, businesses, etc., and ask who would be willing to come in once a week for even an hour, and teach your child's class how to do or make something new. This will give the teacher time to catch up on work, and also gives you a chance to be even more active within the classroom.
- Organize an after school program. This could be anything from a small group to the entire school. Focus on areas that your child is currently working on in class. Use games and snacks to make the study session fun.
It doesn't matter which activities you and your child decide to do, as long as you're doing it together. It will be something they never will forget, and possibly may become a tradition within your family, that your children will do with their own family someday. Helping your kids become involved early in life will teach them a lifetime of useful skills, and it's never too early to start learning.
What activities do you do with your kids to stay active or to be involved? Please feel free to leave a comment with ideas and tips for others.