Why Sense of Community Is Important
Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure. It's important for every person to have a sense of community.
In adolescence, Sense of Community grows thanks to positive experiences with peers and significant adults in different settings (e.g., neighbourhoods, schools) and contributes to the development of personal and social identity and to positive developmental outcomes.
For parents, the teenage years can be rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. While it may seem like it takes a village to raise a child, many forget that it also takes a community to raise a teenager. The importance of a community can be paramount for a child, especially when they enter their teenage years. While a community can be based solely on your geographical location, it doesn’t have to be.
While you can get involved in your community through your neighbors, your kid’s school, your city, or even within your state, you and your teen can also find community in shared values. Your family may find a strong sense of community at your church while playing on a sports team, or even through online platforms.
Here are just a few benefits of establishing a sense of community for your child:
It Meets Social Needs
It Meets Practical Needs
It Meets Emotional Needs
It Protects Against Selfishness
It Teaches Conflict Resolution
It Provides the Opportunity to Forgive
It Challenges Us
It Can Support You as a Parent
It Shifts Our Perspective
Overall, helping your child build connections within a supportive community has tremendous benefits. The need for love and belonging is part of our basic needs as human beings. Building a sense of community provides support, guidance, and beneficial life skills for both you and your child.
Content for this article was obtained from the All 4 Kids Website