Being a part of a community can give children the motivation to do better and help them in developing key social skills. Whether that be their school environment or their neighbourhood. We have teamed up with a secondary school in Kildare to share more on the benefits of community involvement for children.
Higher Levels of Self Esteem
Knowing that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself, like a community, can help with confidence and self-esteem by instilling a sense of belonging. This is important for children as it can help them to develop their identity and give them the confidence needed to perform well at school.
Building Social Skills
By getting involved in the community, your child will have the opportunity to meet new people other than their family and friends. This will give them the opportunity to make new friends and expand on their social skills, teaching them how to communicate with others confidently.
A Greater Pool of People to Go to for Advice
By developing new friendships with other individuals, your child will benefit from a larger pool of friends to turn to when they need advice. This can be helpful for their development when looking for their first job, work experience or needing other life advice.
Being a part of a community and having a sense of belonging can encourage your child to take responsibility for their actions and behave respectfully. This is because of the wider group of people that will be let down if they act unacceptably, just like the way that school uniform and reputation works. Similarly, there are more eyes to look out for your child which can help you to keep your child safe and out of trouble.
Developing an Open-Mind
A community also introduces children to those from different backgrounds and those that have differing life views. This can help them to appreciate, understand and be respectful of these differences.