Monday, February 23, 2009

Service

I have been thinking about how important it is to teach our children to do acts of service and am hoping that you 3 readers of mine have some suggestions on how to do it. I know that example is a huge part and I remember my mom taking meals to our neighbors for as far back and I can remember. We sign up to clean the church building, which they love and ask if we can do it nearly every Sunday. We also helped cousins rake the leaves on Seth's Grandmother's lawn.

What are some ways that you teach service to your children?

4 comments:

mommaquincy said...

I think that the best service is the stuff they can do for each other right in your own home!

Linda said...

So you are saying it is a good thing when I ask Mia to help Ellis get a drink...

Missy said...

I would have to say that I am a big fan of thank you notes. I'm not always consistent with them, but I think it helps my kids start thinking about others and what they do for them. I'll send them out the door telling them to look for some way to help someone that day and report back at dinner. We also enjoy cleaning the church. One day I happened to notice my neighbors yard needed raking and knowing he might take awhile to get to it, I casually mentioned that the yard next door needed some raking and soon every kid was over there. It kind of backfired when our neighbor came home and PAID them all WAY TOO MUCH and wouldn't let me give part of it back. We also have these secret service cards that the kids will use with me and with each other. Whenever they do something nice SECRETLY they leave a note "at the scene of the crime." Maybe I'll have to give you a copy. We also have an older lady who Tyler and I have know for about 10 years now. She is in an assisted living. We try to visit whenever we can and I'll have to kids make cards or color a picture. I would say just being a good example of serving others will rub off on your kids. My dad was always helping others and that is what I remember most about him growing up and I try to emulate that in my life. It doesn't have to be big things.

Linda said...

Great ideas Missy. I have always thought it was important to send thank you notes. I am not as consistent as I should be, but the kids really love writing them. I would love to see your secret service cards and work that into our family.

I also love the idea you had about teling them to look for some way to help someone and report back at dinner. I think I will see how that goes tomorrow.

Thanks for the input.