By Sarah Wiley
Children and teenagers are watching others all day long. Younger siblings look up to their older siblings and older children are looking up to parents/aunts/uncles/older family members. Today is National Do Something Nice Day. When a person completes a nice task for another person, our brains see this act as pleasurable and promote self-esteem. This could be making sure to hold open the door for something several steps behind you or taking up your neighbors trash. Let’s take note today if our children are being mindful to these small daily acts of kindness. If not, today is the day to start the conversation and begin modeling.
Volunteering is multi-beneficial as valuable to your child, you as a parent, and the community. Volunteering as a family is a positive approach to increase family bonding and encouraging communication and closer relationships.
Here are a few local ideas that accept volunteers:
Cooking a meal for Ronald McDonald House
Meals on Wheels
Local pet shelter/pet store
Local thrift stores
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy
Jenkintown Food Cupboard
Chestnut Hill Business District Harry Potter Festival
Philadelphia’s many children hospitals