The following post originally appeared in May 2010. With Summer just around the corner, and many of us making plans for the warmers months, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the concept of getting our kids involved in our local communities. The comments are open for discussion. – Kara
We live in a computer age, and for some aspects of that I am thankful. I feel lucky to be able to contribute as a member of the blogging communities, message forums, and email loops I am a part of. I enjoy connecting with other parents through Facebook and Twitter. But what about my local community?
Am I being as involved with my physical neighbors as my virtual ones? I hope so.
If your climate is like mine, the warmer weather and increased free-time in the summer months make unplugging from the computer and being more active in our neighborhood communities possible. The joke in my rural Indiana neighborhood is that as the snow melts we can all remember what our neighbors look like again without all those hats and scarves and giant parkas.
My kids and I already have plans for being active in our local community this summer, including:
- Visiting the weekly Farmer’s Market
- Enrolling in the library’s Summer reading program
- Taking swim lessons
- Participating in our neighborhood yard sale
- The Great American Backyard Camp Out
But I’ve been feeling convicted to do more this summer. I’ve been pondering what it means to be a good local citizen and how to get my kids involved.