Comments on another thread made me think about this. My husband and I have made volunteering a priority our entire marriage and it didn't change when we had children. Our kids 4, 6 and 7 volunteer every Saturday for 2 hours at a food bank and we spent most of Thanksgiving at a nursing home. Christmas, Easter, mother's day and father's day are also nursing home times. They never grouse about it, I think they really enjoy the time spent helping others.