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Build Your Child’s Self Esteem Through Family Service Projects

Guest Post from Jyl Johnson Pattee:

At Mom It Forward, our mission is to change the world one mom at a time. We firmly believe that change starts first and foremost with self, then extends to family or others within your close circle, and finally out to your community and beyond. I donít know about you, but sometimes I feel like there isnít enough time in the day to master even one of those areas. That is why I love when I find activities that accomplish all three at once, events that focus on self, family, and community, like the Family Service Projects summer program run by the United Way of Utah County.

From now through August 7, the Family Service Projects summer program offers a variety of opportunities to serve alongside your families. Then, on August 12, you can celebrate together at a Celebration of Service with food, games, and prizes. Overbooked with vacations, summer sports, and recreational activities? Check out the benefits of volunteering taken from the United Way website click here for entire article. This list made me rethink and shift my priorities of summer fun this season.

Volunteering allows you to:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Improve your health.
  • Meet new people, especially people you otherwise would not have met.
  • Feel needed and valued.
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization.
  • Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic, and care about the community.
  • Learn or develop skills.
  • Teach your skills to others.
  • Enhance your resume.
  • Make important networking contacts.
  • Gain work experience.
  • Be a vital, giving part of the community in which you live.

What if you could take advantage of even a few of those points through a service project? Now imagine if your children were also able to benefit. As a mom of two boys, thinking about what this could mean for my family excites me. Anything that would help build my childrenís self-esteem and confidence is appealing to me. But the most enticing part is the opportunity I would have to spend quality time with them while modeling and teaching the important act of service, volunteerism, and hard work. What a better way to raise a future generation of service-oriented people and community leaders than to help them feel a part of and take pride in their communities when they are young.

Click here to check out the calendar of events for weekly service projects you can do with your family in Utah County. Hint! Make the events even more fun by sharing the experience with relatives or friends.

Donít live in Utah County? Canít make it to these events, but want to experience the benefits, and help your family reap the rewards, of volunteering in your community? Check out this post for 10 tips to raising giving, charitable children and this post for volunteering tips.

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  1. kristinmulderig 03/29/2010 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you so much for writing about Summer of Service. My name is Kristin and I work for United Way of Utah County and this year I am in charge of Summer of Service. I would love to get more moms (and mom bloggers) involved this year, because they are the one's who will get their children to participate. I was actually looking at your Mom It Forward site last week and was really impressed. I would love to keep in touch about Summer of Service. Would it be alright if I emailed you when we have projects and events solidified?