Washington Family Magazine : December 2014
washingtonFAMILY.com December 2014 23 M aybe your child is volunteering because it’s a class requirement. Maybe it’s to buff up the extracurricular section of college applications. Or there’s always the trite, “it’s the right thing to do” and “to make the world a better place.” There are lots of reasons to volunteer, but we often think it’s something we “should” do instead of something we “want” to do. And when it comes to our kids – who we make go to school, brush their teeth, eat their greens and go to bed on time – one more “should” might be too much to manage. But if we look a little deeper, we find that volunteering is a great tool for raising responsible, ethical and smart kids. And that’s a “want” that all parents share.