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How can we involve our children in caregiving?


How can we involve our children and teenagers in caregiving? A wise person in the book of Proverbs says, “Train a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from the way.” So, I believe that if we want our children to grow up to be compassionate caregivers as adults we need to (1) model caregiving–talk about it and then let them see us actually caring for people. It is true, “Actions speak louder than words.” (2) We also we need to involve them in actual caregiving.

So following are some ideas from my family’s experiences:

How can we involve our children 10 years and younger in caregiving?


This week’s featured caregiving question comes from Sue. “I’d like caregiving to become a natural part of what my family does together. How can we involve our children in caregiving? How can we especially involve teenagers?”

To respond to this question, I first want to tell a story:

Nancy Vandewater is a member of my church family and she told me several years ago the following story. I believe it embodies the keys to ensuring that our children will grow up to be compassionate caregivers.

10 Signs Your Teenager is in Trouble


1. Depressed – Your teenager is acting depressed. He/she doesn’t want to do anything, lacks motivation, has lost interest in things he likes to do, and has a decreased attention span or effectiveness when doing things. 2. Anxious – Your teenager is feeling some anxiety. He or she cannot relax, is not sleeping well, having […]