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Fishful Thinking: Social Responsibility

This month’s Fishful Thinking newsletter is about Socializing Our Children to Social Responsibility.

It was timely because a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out how to get my kids more involved in community service around town. (I actually found a really great website for service ideas for kids!) The kids help me out every now and again when I put together a meal for a mom with a new baby and things like that, and we do a few things through church (I’m pretty sure that Feed to Read will be happening this summer), but I’m not sure that the kids really GET it yet. And some of those are on such a broad scale (rather than within our small community), that it’s really hard to understand how they are actually helping.

I also just learned that our town’s women’s group (that I’m a part of) is going to be pairing up with classes in the fall to help with community service ideas and to help teach kids to incorporate community service in every day life (I’m SO EXCITED for that!!)

What I like about Dr. Reivich’s newsletter this month is that she starts with YOU – the adult – and makes you look at what YOU do for community service. If you want to teach your children about community service, it’s important that they have a role model … and even more important that it’s you.

She asks that you “…Think about your own experiences with social responsibility” and asks the following questions:

  • What did you care deeply about as a child? How did it affect your behavior?
  • What social issues do you most care about now? How do these issues relate to your values?
  • How do you contribute to bettering the world and helping others?
  • How do you teach social responsibility to your children?

Then she gives tips for developing socially responsible children:

  • Brainstorm ideas that connect with your children’s interests
  • Let your kids be in charge
  • Join forces
  • Manage expectations
  • Practice what you preach

Of course, she goes into each point more in the newsletter – so it’s worth going over to check it out.

Are your kids involved in community service? And if so, what do they do? I’m always looking for ideas for how to get my kids involved.


One Response

  1. I just posted about the newsletter yesterday. 🙂 Thanks for posting that website. I am always looking for ideas too. We will be doing a lemonade stand again for pediatric cancer this summer, and I hope to get a group of kids together to do some simple things like decorate lunch bags for meals on wheels or maybe collect old stuffed animals to take to an animal shelter. I’d love to host a link-up at the end of the summer where families could share their “Be the Change” family service projects. I need to share my link on fb and get some friends on board. Are you in? 🙂

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