During the past holiday season, many families in our neighborhoods looked for ways to help others in need. Why do we limit this goodness to holidays?
This month we begin talking about synergizing (Habit #6). Are there some spring projects that you and your family could do together to help others or to strengthen your family?
Below are some positives to spending time together and lend a helping hand to others.
· First, spending time together just feels good! You strengthen the identity of your family when you spend time together.
· When you volunteer in your community, you teach your children that volunteering is valued.
· It gives your children a sense of responsibility. Your children will see from you that a commitment means being on time, doing your best, doing what you say you will do, and feeling good about the results of volunteering.
· Children learn that one family, one person, can make a difference. Children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else.
· Children can learn the benefit of sacrifice. Children learn that there are more important things beside themselves.
· Children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one.
· Children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers. (Sometimes they can learn what they don’t want to do in a future career!)
· Children learn to use time to help others. We hope that children will learn that we’re all responsible for the well being of our communities. Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.
I encourage you to synergize with your family– because together is better. Seek out solutions to help other people solve problems. Teaming with your family and others to do service for someone who may be elderly or just need help in your neighborhood would be a wonderful way to synergize.
Together, we can create better solutions to every day problems. We will focus on synergizing at school this month – creating better solutions to our every-day problems.