10 ways to volunteer with kids

While it may be difficult to squeeze one more thing into your busy schedule, doing community service sure knocks out a lot of things on a parent's "To do list for raising a good person."

Besides positively impacting the people and organizations that you help, the service can help your own child in many ways.

First, it helps them to develop empathy and compassion, learn more about their community and the people who live in it, and feel more connected to their world.

Besides that, it's a great way to bond with friends and family in a new way. You may even discover or develop new skills and talents that you didn't know about before.

Finally, it can help them learn the importance of responsibility, keeping commitments, and get them in the habit of using their free time productively.