The scariest and most amazing thing in the world.
I’m in charge of these two.
I’m responsible for them and I have a finite period of time in which to teach them the fundamentals of morals, manners, responsibilities, compassion, giving, loving, fairness
holy cow the list goes on
Who put me in charge????
I think one of the most amazing and frightning aspects of parenting, at least for me, is that most of the time I don’t feel like a grown up and yet, I’m responsible for them.
One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children in addition to morals, work ethic, manners and a sense of responsibility for one’s actions is the ability to see outside yourself, to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you and that one of the best gifts you can do for yourself and others is to give back.
‘Go Big or Go Home’
I know you’ve heard it. It’s the rally cry of our generation, however there are times, especially with young children that I think laying a foundation of charity and giving is best begun small and at home.
I’m a firm believer that it’s the little things in life that make the biggest impression.
It’s the smile and nod of understanding from a stranger in the grocery store when your children are losing their minds.
It’s the stranger in front of you paying your toll.
It’s your spouse taking your hand as you cross the street.
It’s your young son holding the door open for a stranger.
At 4 and 7 there are many things they can do and many they can’t.
In order to do the best we can to ensure that our children are well rounded and aware, my husband and I try to teach them how to give back and to serve in ways that they can do daily.
- Leaving the beach cleaner than we found it on our weekly trips
- Opening the door for those coming towards you
- Pulling a cart out at the grocery store for the person behind you in line
- Finding the child playing alone on the playground and inviting them to play with you and your friends
- Every few months we go through their closets and they choose toys and clothes to donate to local shelters and foster care services. THEY choose what goes and we talk about why we donate, where the toys and clothes are going and what a difference it will make.
We try to show them through our own actions how to live a life that impacts others.
My husband and I believe that by teaching our children to practice a life filled with service at a young age that they’ll grown into adults who serve with joy.
How do you teach your children about service?
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classroom helpers and parties, school carnivals and fundraisers, swim team and
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