How to Raise a GREAT Citizen

September 14, 2009 by  

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country…”

-President John F Kennedy

Make community service a top priority. There are numerous ways to involve your family in community service. Community service projects do not need to take an extreme amount of time or empty your pocketbook. There are wonderful websites to put you in the right direction: The Volunteer Family, The United Way, U-Can-Do, and many more. Ask your local church group, library, senior center or school if they are in need of any help.

Golden Rule Treat others with respect and dignity, the way they would like to be treated. Teach them to care and have empathy for those around them.

Following Rules Teach them to follow the rules of your home, their school and society. Make sure they know what their responsibilities are as a citizen of their country.

Environment As a family, talk about what you can do to help take care of our earth in order to leave it better than when we arrived!

Leadership Teach your children by example that sometimes it takes courage to be a leader but that you care about fighting unfair laws, improving current conditions, and seeking equality and tolerance for everyone.

Education Read stories about different cultures, community service in the news, and civil right books.  Explore with your children issues going on in your community and nation. Teach them of our wonderful forefathers who fought for our freedom.

Raise them to be PROUD to be an American!

What do you think the keys are to raise a great citizen?

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