I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day when she said, “you should teach families with busy schedules how to do service without it creating more to do.”
My mom has a really good point (she usually does). I remember growing up with three sisters and felt like we were always on the go. I was involved in 4-H, one sister did dance, and another did cheer. My parents also worked full-time and we were active in our church. There was not much time for us to really get involved in anything else.
But we were still committed to service and doing volunteer work in the community. Here are 7 ways we made it happen.
New here? I also have the following blog posts to help you plan events that engage youth with less stress.
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Busy Family Tip 1: Discuss it together
If you want more information about this – check out my post on helping youth lead service projects.
Busy Family Tip 2: Pick something simple
Busy Family Tip 3: Use a family planner
Place it somewhere that everyone can see. Then set a goal of doing one service project or volunteer effort once a month or once a quarter.
Check in at the beginning of the week so everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises about where each person will be and who is doing what.
Busy Family Tip 4: Double up with existing commitments
Busy Family Tip 5: Volunteer with Friends
Busy Family Tip 6: Do a Random Acts of Kindness Challenge
If you like doing these Random Acts of Kindness, I have a journal you can purchase from the Project Stella Resources Store.
Busy Family Tip 7: Do something while on vacation
Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.
I’ve worked in higher education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun, hands on experiences.
Different events I have planned are Cultural Fairs, Science Fairs, Large Scale Fundraisers, School Performances, Parent Involvement Opportunities, Concerts, Speakers, Leadership Conferences, and so much more!
My strength is in the logistics and I plan for fun. I am now using my strengths to help others take the stress out of event planning to have quality programs for youth of all ages.