When my teenager had to fulfill hours for a community service project during her sophomore year, I had no idea it would turn into a family affair. She got it all started on her own; researching, applying, training and spending time with the cats (and people) of the Second Chance Pet Adoption. She fulfilled her hours, got a great grade on the project and loved every minute of it. Fast forward to today; in the midst of summer and she’s still volunteering for the organization. I have a hunch that’s one of the points of the project itself; to get the teens to give time and energy to someone or something that needs them and in turn, they realize that it feels so good to do it, they keep doing it. That’s the idea anyway.
In my daughter’s case, it worked. But here’s the big surprise; my 10-year-old begged to do it too. And, here we are—all three of us—spending our Saturday mornings this summer with the cats. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it’s been for all of us. It’s been such a satisfying (and fun) experience, I thought it warranted a Story.
Have you had a similar experience with your own family? I would love to hear about it.
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
For the story about how she and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
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