Mentoring A Child

The content you are about to read was provided by Davidsons Jewellers - featuring silver jewellery in Ottawa. When it comes to charitable giving, mentoring a child is right up there with being a superhero in terms of the impact you could have on someone's life. Mentoring is a chance to change a child's life forever, or even potentially save them from a life of drugs and gang violence. In karmic terms, there's nothing better you could be doing, and our series of articles will help you make it happen in your life.

The first question you should probably ask yourself as you enter into this process is whether you're willing to spare the time and effort it takes to mentor a child. Are you constantly running back and forth between the office and your printing service picking up documents, or do you sometimes sit at home with nothing to do? You should also make sure you have room in your heart for a new addition as well, because mentoring a child will change you as well. We'll tell you how, and help you figure out if you're ready.

Then, of course, there's the question of whether you should mentor a child through a charity or community organization, or try to insert yourself into the life of a needy child, perhaps on your street or in your church, of your own accord. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, for while charities have access to fundraising with resources, the most needy child may not be a member of any organization. The decision can be a difficult one, and we'll give you the tools to make it.

You may be resisting the idea of becoming a mentor because you feel inadequate somehow, that your particular skills, as a real estate agent or a chartered accountant or whatever, wouldn't benefit a child. We'll take you through the many ways even the most boring or unimaginative or irresponsible of people can become a good example to a mentored child. After all, maybe the skills you learned on a job site once will help them with their physics homework. The key however, is being a good example, and you should be able to provide that, even if you've made mistakes in the past.

Then, of course, there's the age old question of whether to donate your time or your money. While your advice and companionship can be invaluable to a child, if you're currently swamped with your own life's busy schedule, you could always make a donation to a mentorship program that will help fund another persons mentorship efforts. There may be time constraints or the question of whether you'll be a good role model. We'll help you figure out how to balance your worth as a donor with your worth as a mentor and which method is likely to work out best for both you and the child.

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