I believe that it is highly important to instill a sense of community with our kids and to encourage giving back. Service to others and special causes can encourage empathy and perspective taking, which is a very important skill/character to develop. Building empathy is like building a muscle - the more you do the exercise, the bigger the muscle gets. The same holds true for building empathy - the more you put yourself in another's shoes (perspective taking), the more you can relate to others and empathize. Children can also learn to recognize their own good fortune and feel gratitude for what they have. Giving back helps kids learn that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others - and that can feel powerful and inspiring! Volunteering as a family can also foster communication and can strengthen family bonds. There are so many reasons to volunteer with your child.