Being a parent is hands-down the most eye-opening experience I have ever had, about my own self, my own flesh and my own selfishness. My shortcomings are magnified, and the reality of it all is staggering. To think that you only get one shot at it. To lead by example. To impact these little lives in the most profound way. To do it “right,” hoping you know the best version “right” in this world.
One thing we try to instill in our young son (he’s a lively, LIVELY three years right now), is to be aware of not only his own needs but others as well. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress. 🙂
I try to point out the way others are helping each other, like opening the door or sharing something super special. Or even being kind with words.
Recently we began doing a Good News Club through our church, where we bring a Bible lesson and some faith-based activities for children right after school into their school. It’s a neat thing. I used to be a part of it, 10 years ago – before kids and before marriage. I used the excuse of being a work-at-home-mom to two babies for the longest time but I felt like God was leading me to do this. Mostly for my son… maybe those are misguided motives. I pray so hard that he has a servant’s heart. And this, I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity for him to not only learn something but be a part of something bigger than himself and his little world.
Question: What are some ways you’re teaching your sons to be helpers? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
I wanted to also take this opportunity to highlight my favorite charity, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. As some of you know, we lost a little girl four years ago. I didn’t learn about this organization until years after her death, but when I realized the gift they bring to families, I try to make a point to share them with everyone. Photographers sacrifice their time to take timeless photos of families enduring a loss in those final hours.
My boys are now 7 and almost 5. We have been doing small acts of service for over a year and it has had a marvelous affect on their characters, our family, and our community. It started as a good idea and a way to remember a little girl that went to heaven when she was just 21 months old–her name is Penny. We call our service acts: Pennies of Time. We help others, read books on service and kindness, visit organizations that help in the community, and learn to be comfortable with sacrificing in order to better understand the needs of others and the blessings of service. The quote from Mr. Rogers above is one of my most favorite quotes, ever!