Get out and be a volunteer in your community.

Apr
06

Volunteer Day 2009 005 300x225 Get out and be a volunteer in your community.So many parents today have said to me, “Tiffaney/TT, I don’t know what to do with my kids.”

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.

Questions you should ask yourself and your family:

  1. How much time do you have as a family to volunteer in your community?
  2. What do you want to gain as a family from this new experience?
  3. Do you have a budget of funds that you would like to play with?

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