(WWBT) - We all want our kids to grow up to be good people, but getting them more involved in their community could pay off in some other important ways.
A new study in the journal "Child Development" followed the behaviors and outcomes of 9,500 American teens. It found that kids who volunteered, voted and were politically active were more likely than non-engaged peers to earn higher incomes and pursue more education.
They were also less likely to be depressed and use drugs.
Experts say the best way to get kids involved is to model the behavior you want them to implement in their own lives.
Let them see you donating money or time to a cause, and explain why it is important to you.
Find an organization both you and they can support with your time and energy.
Even young children can help gather items to donate to a shelter or food bank, and take your children with you when you vote.
Explain to them why it's so important, talk to them about which issues matter most to you and listen to what they feel strongly about.
Helping your child find their voice and feel like a vital part of the community could inspire them to work to make it better, and make them more successful in the process.
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