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Mothering & Volunteering, Two Sides of the Same Coin

Moms- even moms who love their kids- often crave a chance to pursue activities that they choose just for themselves. When those projects also accomplish goals you have for the world outside your home it can be especially rewarding. Moms can serve their communities and fulfill their own need to try something outside of your area of expertise or comfort.

Like mothering, volunteering is a selfless act. Moms and volunteers typically give their time and energy without expecting anything in return. Both kinds of service also have great rewards. Following are some of the benefits you can receive when you serve outside your home.

Volunteering makes moms a role model for their kids. By setting a good example, you can inspire children to follow in your footsteps. They learn that their desires and dreams are worthy to pursue.

The work you choose as a volunteer is a reflection of who you are as an individual. Examining your interests and passions will help you paint a complete picture of yourself.

Volunteering gives moms a sense of fulfillment outside of their kids. Maintaining your sense of self will make you a better mom.

As serve you your community you will find yourself in new and formidable situations. You will gain a different understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Serving is a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself.

Volunteering provides new challenges and responsibilities. You will get the opportunity to prove to yourself that you are capable of more than you may have thought. This can lead to an increase in self-confidence and self esteem. This new-found confidence can then be carried back to your relationships at home.

Even though they are surrounded by people, moms sometimes feel a sense of loneliness. Volunteering can help to combat feelings of isolation.

When you volunteer you’ll meet people that share your values, other parents committed to making a difference. It’s a great way for moms to make friends, while doing something important.

As a mom, there is much to celebrate and be happy about, but parenting has its pressures. Volunteering helps reduce stress and anxiety, and promote wellbeing.

Are you looking for a way to get in shape but feel guilty spending time on yourself? By volunteering you can serve others AND get fit. Volunteer work can improve cardiovascular health, and reduce your risk of developing obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Not surprisingly, volunteering can also help to increase your life expectancy.

And of course, volunteering can be a lot of fun!

Moms can gain personal benefits by serving outside their family sphere. But you will also inspire positive social change. Your influence will build the world you want for your kids and create a ripple effect that extends far beyond your community service.

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