November Character Development: Citizenship

How to practice good citizenship

On the cusp of another presidential election, it may be that words like civic duty and voting are what come to mind when you hear the word “citizenship.” However, citizenship is much more than that – we don’t have to wait until our children are old enough to vote before we talk about making a difference in our community. We can begin teaching them how to be good citizens even now by:

1. Starting at Home. Set an example by respecting others and their property. Encourage them to clean up after themselves, follow the rules at home and at school, and be especially careful when borrowing things from others.

2. Focusing on Others. Make it a point to greet others in a friendly and respectful manner. If you see someone who needs help, offer your services. Encourage your children to do the same. Think about ways to thank those who risk their lives helping others in your community like our fire fighters and police officers.

3. Serving Others. Look for opportunities to care for people in your community as a family. Visit nursing homes, serve in a soup kitchen, or simply clean up the litter along your street.

Being a good citizen begins in your home, moves beyond your front door, and overflows into your community. How will you make your world a better place to live?


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