Giving Children an Opportunity to Serve

how to teach kids to serve others

A few months ago I was visiting a Catholic school for a photoshoot that I was involved in for work. I spent the entire morning there with a handful of diverse children whose ages ranged from Kindergarteners to Grade 6’s. It was that day that the Catholic School’s principal said something that has played repeatedly in my head since, “This is an opportunity for kids to make an impact by serving others.”

The principal wanted us to be aware that while it was okay to express our appreciation to the kids for their participation, it would be best if we kept it low-key. The photoshoot was focused on tools for helping children and educators across North America with literacy, and the students were aware that their participation helped us to share that message. Experiencing an opportunity to serve others, in this case through the photoshoot, was the important lesson for the students.

The message the Principal shared that day, helped me see how my husband was influenced by his Catholic Education beyond the legacy of faith it provided him.

Throughout our marriage, he regularly serves others, and he's fostered a want to help and serve others within our own children. This is evident to me by the way helps our neighbours, the cups of tea he brews me without asking on late nights, his work with children who are deafblind, and the thoughtful way he navigates tricky conversations with our sons.

Teaching Children to Serve Others

Through the various life lessons taught within Catholic education, children are guided to realize that they too, can make a positive impact on the world by serving others.

One of the most positive ways to experience serving others is through real world practice and experience, and while Catholic teachers and schools provide that, we can also be helping our children learn at home.

There are many reasons that we as parents should foster a servant’s heart.

Develop strong character traits

Children who learn to serve others are more likely to develop some strong and amazing character traits like empathy, courage and generosity. These are all character traits that'll help them be selfless when it comes to helping and serving others, not requiring prompting or a reward.

A Catholic education can help to instill a deep well of empathy within a child.

Cheryl Perera is an amazing example of the lifelong impact of Catholic School. As young as 8 years old, she was involved in many different programs such as friendship club, and working with other students who were differently abled in her school. Her empathy grew, and with it her desire to help others, be involved and make a difference in the lives of other children. 

Watch this powerful, short video to see how her empathy has positively impacted children who are being exploited.

By fostering empathy, children,  like Cheryl, learn to see things from another person's viewpoint, empowering them to make a difference.

Spread kindness

Acting with no guarantee of receiving anything in return is an amazing way to teach our kids that spreading kindness and generosity is an important way to connect with and serve others. Leading by example, models for children how to treat others with kindness and respect, encouraging them to mirror the positive behaviour. 

Graduates of Catholic schools donate to charities, participate in elections and volunteer within their communities at extremely high rates. The truth of the matter is that Catholic teachers work hard to promote values that aid their students in becoming contributing and kind citizens within their communities.

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Impact their future self

Teaching children the value of serving others through experience, example and fostering empathy is very important when it comes to determining the people they will grow up to be.

Plus, helping them realize that serving others is a blessing not a job, is a great way to facilitate a positive relationship with your children and foster their relationships with those around them. 

Catholic teachers shape the values and character of each and every single student they teach-life lessons that extend far beyond faith. As parents, we can apply many of these same lessons in our own home. Visit for more information.

This post is part of the and the Ontario’s Catholic Teachers #CatholicTeachers sponsored program. I received compensation as thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

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