Speaking of community service...

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Speaking of community service...
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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:07pm

I'm curious, how old were you, when you first started serving in your community?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 8:57am

I do my job well and I am paid for it, and it provides, I think, a service to the students and the community, but it is not community service in the sense that going out and building houses for Habitat when I am not getting paid for it is.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 9:09am

i can understand that...but i think teaching, general is a job many, most? people chose for reasons unrelated to the pay attached to it.

 

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 9:29am
If we're including paid work, I could say I do community service 40 hours a week.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 9:41am

Yeah, I teach Sunday School and speak at book groups and things for free, which I think of as community service.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 9:51am
Yep. I don't consider a paid job to be community service either....even if it is in the field of serving the community. Iow, being a teacher is a nobel profession, but it's not community service.
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Registered: 06-16-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 11:16am

My parents never did much in the way of "standard" CS, but my dad did little good deeds for people his entire life. Community service to him was a pay-it-forward type of thing and I learned more from that than from any volunteering I've done as an an adult.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 11:27am
That's our *standard* to. Volunteering is just a way of life, as is doing good deeds. We do things for others, b/c it's the right thing to do, and b/c we are blessed, and it's our *duty* (so to speak) to pay on our own good fortune.

Now, we don't talk about it being a *duty* or an obligation. I don't want my kids being nice, b/c they feel obligated to. It should just be who they are, a part of their character. And, so far, my kids are all very thoughtful and generous, of their own accord.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 11:34am

I wish my kids (and sometimes myself) were as generous and willing as your kids.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 1:02pm
We have been blessed, b/c it's not been anything that we've done. Ds12 handled an obligation he made (to me) very well last week, and I was so proud of hime. I had asked him to babysit for me, b/c dd14 had commited to something else, and I had a commitment. He received a call that afternoon, to go do something fun with a friend of his. I overheard him say to the friend "I can't, I am commited to other things this evening." A few minutes later, he was off of the phone, and I asked hime what was going on. He missed out on a friend's (last minute) overnight party. I felt bad for him, yet at the same time I was very proud of him. Service to others is always more fun than serving your own family.
ing to focus on the positive!
That said...it's not always as easy as this, but I am try
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 1:22pm

That's great that he commited himself but I think I would have let him go to the party and used one of the sitters that you usually use as didn't you say you have a bunch of them available all the time?

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