2012-11-13 17:53:58 by Alison Ritchie - PR intern, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
The holiday season is upon us. For kids, this is often the season of getting – new toys, clothes, electronics and other gifts. But it should also be the season of giving.
So before you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal as a family, take the time to come together the weekend before, on Nov. 17, to make a difference in your community on National Family Volunteer Day.
Georgette Constantinou, PhD
Child psychologist Georgette Constantinou, director of psychiatry and psychology at Akron Children’s Hospital, said giving back can change the way children view the world.
“They see things come too easily, and they don’t have any perspective,” she said. “They’re used to always receiving. Volunteering allows them to see how other people live and the challenges they have. It allows them to get away from focusing solely on themselves.”
In addition to helping those in need, children also reap the rewards of volunteering.
“They’ve achieved something,” Georgette said. “We’re always talking about building self esteem in kids. Self esteem is not something that you pour into them. It’s something that comes from an accomplishment.”
Volunteering isn't just for teens. With adult guidance, younger children can also participate.
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Here are a few simple ways the whole family can get involved:
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