Instilling the desire to help others in your child

Pastor Jimmy Bartz describes ways that parents can encourage their children to be more service-oriented
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Instilling the desire to help others in your child

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People ask me how do you instill the desire to help in your child. How do you cultivate a sense of service or gratitude or compassion within the context of your family? And what I would say practically is all of those areas, those virtuous areas, are like muscles, and they need to be trained. So if you want to create a virtuous, helping, or service-oriented child, you have to give them opportunities to practice it. You know, maybe we practice it at home. Big brother might need to learn to help little sister climb the stool and put toothpaste on her toothbrush. Or maybe as your children get a little bit older we move them into opportunities for volunteering at - we run a program called Laundry Love where you can help homeless people get their laundry done at no cost to them, once a month. So exposing them to a variety of areas where they can add service, and then be praised for that service. We all know, we all have some sense, that you get more than you give. That's how it works. So we want to provide opportunities for our kids to really experience that reality.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz describes ways that parents can encourage their children to be more service-oriented

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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