Help Him Find His Way

spacer

by Karen Schmidt

volunteer-aptitude-self-confidence

Volunteering can give children confidence and self-esteem. As a low-key 9-year-old, our only son, Jonathan, felt excluded and overshadowed by peers and classmates who displayed their prowess in sports.

Recognizing that he needed his own arena in which to shine, my husband and I closely observed Jonathan to discover where he had natural aptitudes and skills. We noticed how Jonathan enjoyed interacting with younger children, so I asked the director of a local church preschool if Jonathan could volunteer. Jonathan became a teacher’s helper and a favorite play partner for the 4-year-olds. They adored his attention and responded favorably to his assistance in their class. Jonathan soon realized he was valuable, and we saw his self-confidence grow.


This article originally appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Karen Schmidt. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.

Favorites

In the Shadow of Infertility

In the Shadow of Infertility

Support each other amid feelings of helplessness & grief

'A Ridiculously Good Life'

'A Ridiculously Good Life'

The inspirational love story of Nick & Kanae Vujicic

Stretching Their Limits

Stretching Their Limits

Encourage teens to test boundaries in positive ways

Book Reviews for Parents

Book Reviews for Parents

Read our teen and tween book reviews for parents.

Thriving Family Archives

Thriving Family Archives

Articles from the magazine and the website

52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun

read more >>

Triumph of God's Kingdom in a Broken World

read more >>