We tell our children from the day they’re born; ‘You’re special’, ‘You matter’, ‘You are so significant to me.’ Our words are important, but on their own they’re not enough to make our kids feel it and believe it. As they get older, our teens also need to know how and why they matter.
Connections with groups that work for a greater goal, either in their communities or worldwide, are a wonderful way to foster a sense of contribution. Sponsoring children in other countries, getting your teens volunteering their time, or regularly donating to a cause they find worthwhile can all build this sense of purpose and meaning that reaches beyond self interest. ‘You play a part’ is a powerful and affirming message that builds bonds between our kids, their family and wider society.
Source: Hot Tip from The Parenting Place