Book Title: The Prodigals: Book Two – Giants in the Land
We all have “Giants” in our lives—parents, mentors, religious leaders, employers, coaches, teachers—individuals who profoundly change and uplift us. They inspire us to meet impossible goals and to persevere through struggles.
Author Clark Burbidge has known many giants in his life and through his Giants in the Land youth trilogy, he encourages readers to not only recognize their giants, but also cultivate the “heart of a giant” within themselves.
The much-anticipated follow-up to Giants in the Land Book One: The Way of Things (2013 International Mom’s Choice Gold medal winner for top Young Adult Fiction), Giants in the Land Book Two: The Prodigals continues the adventure.
The trilogy begins in a world where the giants and villagers have lived side by side for as long as anyone can remember. When these great protectors leave suddenly, with no explanation, a young farmer named Thomas sets out on a journey to discover why. Thomas’ saga continues in Giants in the Land Book Two. An aging hero is thrown together with three lost souls who must find themselves amidst sudden and devastating change, overcome their own doubts and stand against the greatest evil ever to threaten the land.
Here are a few tips to help inspire your child to volunteer and become a role-model in your community:
1) Give them choices
Allowing your child to choose the type of service helps them take title and responsibility for their decisions and follow through. There are opportunities at food banks, animal shelters, schools and with neighbors. Having choices, and counselling with them as they make the final decision will empower your child from the very start.
2) Start out with something fun
Make sure that the opportunities you pick have an element of fun, so that your child can learn to love serving others and work up to the more difficult jobs. Working at an animal shelter by playing with the pets or taking the animals for a walk or helping an elderly neighbor with simple chores are examples of starting with something manageable and fun.
3) Serve side-by-side
Have you ever noticed it’s easier to get your child to do something if you offer to work together? Make sure that they’re not doing this alone. Support your child by volunteering with them and doing the same work that they do. A friendly presence and positive words will help the first few times volunteering fly by for your child. Long after they have forgotten the nature of the service they will remember that you did it with them. If you can’t volunteer with them, have your child volunteer with a friend. Having a parent or friend as a role model for their actions will inspire your child to work harder and continue to return.
4) Emphasize the benefits
Talk about the benefits of volunteering. Make sure that your child knows why they’re doing what they’re doing and the difference it will make for those served. Show them who their work is helping and talk about what their life would be like without the volunteer work. Help them to understand the difference between self-benefits which will surely be present and the benefits that others receive from the service. This perspective will bring a better understanding of compassion in a world that sometimes only talks about passion. Compassion is a much more powerful and uplifting characteristic and worthy of effort to develop.