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Teens can excel in many different ways. Some possess advanced academic abilities or athletic supremacy, musical abilities, extraordinary intelligence, or artistic talents. Some teens are compassionate about social issues, and this gives them a propensity towards active listening and activism, empathy, or a willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need. Whatever their strengths or abilities, you can encourage teens to use these talents and gifts to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. Getting involved in community service activities is one way to train your children to do this.
As Israelite parents, we desire that community service come from the heart. Ironically the act of lending a hand and becoming involved is what really develops the willingness to serve. It is our hope that serving others in the community develops a heart of compassion and genuine desire to assist, that continues to build throughout life. When teenagers serve their communities, it positively blesses both the receiver and the one who gives willingly of themselves. Teens develop character, interests, gifts, talents and leadership qualities in real settings. Parents have opportunities to teach and lead teenagers toward emotional, social and spiritual growth.
See: "Getting Started With Homeschooling."
HIH is an online homeschool resource for Israelite families who want to teach their children at home and a supportive arm to help families locate what they need in their own communities or online. The Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is a strong advocate for encouraging families to set up their "own homeschool programs," designing and working their own educational programs for their children, as opposed to enrolling in any public or private school independent study program.
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