My 8 and 9 year olds told me they want to go to Harvard University

Holly - posted on 02/06/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8 and 9 yo told me they want to go to Harvard University. I told them they need to keep their grades up, but also need to volunteer for things. I was thinking about looking into getting them into volunteering at the Humane Society.... but can you help me think of other things they can volunteer for?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/07/2013

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Holly, for now, check for volunteer opportunities for families. There are more opportunities for that.

Around here those types of things are community service days, where everyone goes out and picks up trash, or things like that. Food banks are great for the family opportunity as well. Its not that people don't want kids to volunteer, but they like them to be a little older for a one on one type volunteer thing.

Another thing...local museums (as they hit the early tween ages) are great opportunities too.

My kids picked the historical museum and the territorial prison (park) to volunteer at, and they love it.

Firebird - posted on 02/06/2013

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Old folk's homes, reading to blind people, playground/sidewalk garbage cleanup, crisis centers.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/06/2013

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They may be to young to help at the humane society. I work with animals, and pets that are dropped off there may not great for them. But, call them. Also, a place like soup kitchens, gifts to give (where they sort out things for less fortunate families), salvation army...places like those.

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Holly - posted on 02/08/2013

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thanks shawwn, i have been trying everywhere so far they are too young for just about everything... there is one thing that they can sign up for. but it is during the week, during school hours. perhaps during the summer they can sign up for this it is called lunches of love.

Holly - posted on 02/07/2013

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Thank you Liz, things like this help alot! I know they are young, but they are very amitious children. I definitely DON'T want to tell them they are too young to dream such big dreams. I wish SO OFTEN my parents didn't tell me i was college material. and i don't want them wishing i told them to quit dreaming.

Liz - posted on 02/07/2013

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I know they're still quite young, but it will also be good to get them thinking so that they can articulate why we have charities, why we volunteer, why they personally volunteer for any given charity or agency, the concept of social responsibility etc. Doing it is fantastic; knowing why they do it and being able to explain why volunteering is important will stand them in even better stead.

It's a long way off as yet, but if they can learn to question and analyse in a way that we describe as critical thinking, they will do much better in interviews in the long run, especially for Ivy League institutions. I do think that the skills can start to be taught in little ways by 8.

Holly - posted on 02/07/2013

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Thanks, i did look into it and unfortunetly the Houston Humane Society does require them to be 13yo. which is fine, when they are older they can do this. I will definitely look into the senior living and reading to blind kids and the soup kitchens. They will REALLY enjoy this. they love donating things to toys for tots and we are looking into donating books to the poor as well.

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