Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 257 – Teaching Our Kids About Abuse Through Volunteering

Thanks to another challenge on sparked.com, not only was I able to provide them some feedback, but I was able to include my children as well.  


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Like most parents, I am uncomfortable talking about the birds and the bees. I’m also uncomfortable talking about how children can become victims. I would prefer not to think about it.

At the same time, I know rationally that even though the chances are remote that my children would be harmed by a sexual predator, I should still do what I can to help them protect themselves.

These two conflicting emotions are always warring with each other.

So when I read about a sparked.com challenge from the Canadian Centre For Child Protection, I was intrigued. They needed feedback in order to make their information reach as many parents and children as possible. And that information was exactly what this uncomfortable parent needed.

Thus, a conversation moment was born. I printed off copies of the flyer and asked the kids to read it. We then discussed the contents, as I probed for areas of confusion.

At that point, I told them that they were really helping a non-profit organization make their message more effective. They were volunteering and that what they had to say was important. This prompted even more suggestions which I dutifully reported back, even the typos.

If we think creatively, we can find ways to include our kids while volunteering. There are a lot of organizations with information designed to help children. Letting the children give feedback helps everyone.

As my daughter told me, volunteering is also a great way to talk with our kids.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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