Being a nanny, I hear this every day, at the playground, at schools, and at the pool. I also hear parents say to their friends, “We are so tired of doing the same old thing day after day and week after week.” I even hear parents say that they don’t know what to do in L.A.
With so many resources out there on things to do, I feel that parents don’t look outside the box on different types of activities they can do. I know that here in Los Angeles we have an abundance of activities to choose from. But even I, as a nanny, find it hard sometimes to do things with my charges. For example, they may be doing something when I would rather be at a football game with them, or there may be a movie I want to take them to, but it is way past their bedtime. We have two great magazines that are free of charge. I definitely take total advantage of those, but yet I’m still stuck with nothing to do at times.
So what’s a parent to do in these types of situations?
BE A VOLUNTEER.
It’s a lot of fun, you bond with your child, you learn something new, you learn from each other, you get to help others, learn to be a leader, overcome a fear, get out of the house, meet new people, develop a feeling of being needed, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
So I have looked up a bunch of organizations that might be a lot of fun to do things with as a family.
Keep in mind that you know your family and the age of your children, so please think of the most appropriate choice when volunteering together as a family.
- America’s Promise Alliance 703-684-4500 www.americaspromise.org
- I Have a Dream Foundation 212-293-5480 www.ihad.org
- L.A Times Reading by 9 213-237-3323 www.latimes.com/extras/readingby9
- Make A Wish 800-722-9474 www.wish.org
- Network for Good 866-650-4636 www.networkforgood.org
- Penny Lane 818-892-3423 www.pennylane.org
- Points of Light Institute 202-729-8000 www.pointsoflight.org
- Project Linus 309-664-7814 www.projectlinus.org
- Share Our Strength 800-969-4767 www.strength.org
- Verymeri clothing for the playground and beyond 310-770-6445 www.verymeri.com
- Volunteer Match 415-241-6872 www.volunteermatch.org
- Kids Volunteer www.hud.gov/kids/hthkids.html
Questions you should ask yourself and your family:
- How much time do you have as a family to volunteer in your community?
- What do you want to gain as a family from this new experience?
- Do you have a budget of funds that you would like to play with?