For children who are living in a bubble of privilege or affluence, community service can be a great grounding experience. Normally, as adults, our days and weeks just whizz past, attending to work at office and chores at home. Same is true for the kids, who rush from school to coaching, swimming, or music classes. Only to be back to home for more homework, projects or test preparation. Somewhere in this daily struggle, we lose sight of the fact that we are part of a wider community. A community which has great disparity in terms of the levels of income and education.
While there are many NGOs around engaged in social welfare projects, such as the Robin Hood Army, Akshay Patra Foundation, CanSupport and Goonj etc which one can join, it is equally rewarding to spend time helping an underprivileged child in your neighborhood with their homework, a domestic help with opening a bank account, or acting as a scribe for the visually challenged students. Animal lovers may enjoy looking after the needs of stray animals. Whatever route your youngster might choose to serve the community, make sure you walk with them every step of the way. After all, you need to develop empathy and time management skills too!