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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Setting the Right Example for Children - A Guest Post by Lisa Nelson from Squishable Baby

A guest post by Lisa Nelson from Squishable Baby


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If your Actions Inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader
~John Quincy Adams

The best, most efficient way to teach anyone - especially children - is to be a great example. For instance, if you don't want your kids to jump on the bed - then don't jump on the bed yourself. Easy right? It makes sense.
Let's make it a bit harder. You want your kids to be kind to others. You want them to be nice people and do good things. Right? Well, likewise, you must think about how you treat and deal with others. How kind are you? What good things deeds have you done? The young people look to us for guidance. If they see that we are doing good things - they will in turn be inspired to do good things. Miraculously, this same concept applies to adults. If you want others to follow in your footsteps - you must act on your beliefs and show them that it's important.
My family has a follow fundraiser happening. It's on the blog - so while it was my idea/my lead - by default - they are included.
Haha!
Much to my hubby's chagrin (I will explain this further down).


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Between May 8-June 14th, we will be donating 1 can of food for every facebook and google+ subscription, and 2 cans of food for every RSS email and newsletter subscription - up to 400 food items.
As of yesterday (May 26) we have pledged to donate 281 cans of food! Bravo!

It is time to start collecting items - as it looks like we will reach our goal of 400. To get us started off on the right foot - I initiated a "Can-o-Raiser" giveaway at church! I am giving away a longie shortie pair of bamboo pants to one random winner. To gain entries into the giveaway, you must donate 4 non-perishable food items. For 2 entries you must donate 8 food items. For 3 entries, you donate 10 food items, for 4 entries you donate 12 food items- and so on.
So, I emailed everyone last night and told them to leave food out on their front porch - and the kids and I would be around to pick it up.
So, this is how we spent our Memorial Day morning! I drove - and the kids got out of the car and collected the food items. They weren't happy about it. Honestly, I made them do it. They would have rather taken a bike ride, or played video games, or watched TV. But, by the end, they were happy with what they accomplished.



Gray is crying because I would not allow him to get out and collect food with the others. Haha!
So with this, I taught my lesson of the importance of service and caring for others. However, the lesson is not over! While we were successful and collected 50 items - we still have a long way to go. There is still a lot of work to be done.
My husband's biggest question is where we are going to store 400 food items. My response: If that is our biggest problem - then we are doing pretty good!
Even adults have important lessons to learn.
What do you think about the importance of service? Does your family do a monthly, quarterly or annual service project?





lisanphotocolor

I blog, I dye, I sew, I sell.  I blog about ways to keep the family strong and healthy. I talk about the relationships between parents and children, relationships between spouses, and relationships between families and the community.  I also talk a lot about homescholing, eco-friendly tips and family togetherness activities.  I Also hand dye, sew and sell wool and bamboo pants for babies.  Besides blogging, dyeing, sewing and homeschooling, I enjoy cloth diapering, babywearing, hanging out with the kids and relaxing with a great tennis match.  You can find me at The Squishable Baby

20 comments :

  1. I absolutely LOVE this post! My children are still very young, but I think it's important to teach them from the youngest of young. For example, when we sort through toys, we talk about donating the toys they don't use anymore to children that don't have toys. When they are a little bit older, I am going to take them to serve a meal at a Soup Kitchen. My parents did this with me when I was in my pre-teens, and it left a forever mark on my heart. Also, we are very involved in the March of Dimes, and my kids know all about collecting coins for the team, raising money, and doing other activities "for babies to be born healthy." So yes, it is important and it is all about the example set. I think this is a wonderful thing you have done, and it will leave a long lasting impression on your children!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! I also think it's so important. Your parents did a wonderful thing for you - that you are then passing down to your children. This world needs more empathy.

      I love that you are so involved with your kids. It's really great!

      Sometime in the future, bloggers need to get together.

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  2. Love this! Yes, I think that we should model service to our kids. We do simple things like picking up trash in the neighborhood, putting shopping carts away in the parking lot and donating food and clothes to local organizations. Good luck in meeting your goal!

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    1. Hey Jennifer,

      It's just the simple things. I think going to a neighbors house and saying - hi, how are you doing? My name is... is enough. You know, being genuinely interested in people and their lives. Making sure they don't need anything. Making sure they are okay.

      You are doing amazing things Jennifer. You are making memories!

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  3. I think I do model what I want them to do (most of the time). For volunteer work, I volunteer at the school, with a non-profit and church. I also try to teach my son kindness and being a gentleman, but defering to women when they are near (like opening the door for them). I wait patiently to the side while he does. Like anotherjennifer, we put carts away and donate food and clothes to church and Goodwill or Salvation Army or whoever is in need.

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    1. April, you are setting a great example for your son. I love that you teach him to open doors for Women. I think that's important too. It's not about being any less or more - it's about being kind and doing good things.

      I love having doors opened for me - and if a little boy did that - I would just be elated!

      You are a great Mama!

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  4. Oh, you are doing a wonderful thing for you and your family!

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  5. Such a great post! I agree, you totally have to lead by example! This weekend for Memorial Day, my family went to our local cemetery and helped replace 1150 American Flags for all of the veterans that are resting there. We do this twice a year and have been for 6 years. I am your newest follower from MBC :)

    Magena- http://childrenatplay2.blogspot.com/

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    1. Magena,

      Thank you so much for your comment! Wow, you guys did a lot of work. 1150 Flags.

      You know, cemeteries get into so much disrepair so quickly. Good for you!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post!

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  6. This is a great post and a great idea.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I think it's excellent you are promoting volunteering and donations to your children early in life. It's truly one of the most important things you can do as an adult, so why not teach it as a kid?

    My parents were big in teaching philanthropic activities as part of your regular life, which I fully supported. As a result of that, I was the philanthropy chair of my sorority in college and I'm VERY active even now in a charity I support. I really think that comes from years of my parents making others in need a priority over things we just "wanted." It's good to teach kids that others have it a loss worse. I will never forget that

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    1. Wow, that is really great, Lisa. I love reading your story. It's an inspiration and a reason to keep going.

      You know, it's hard to get support from people. I have pushed a whole church of people to give, and only a few have. It's discouraging, really. It's important to keep going.

      thank you for your comment!

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  8. Hi great idea. Wish I had thought of this a few weeks ago when the post office had its food drive. We have the simmer coming up though. What are you doing for service projects over the summer. My daughter is 10'

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    1. After we are done raising the 400 cans - we only have just over 50 now, I'm not sure. It's going to take a major effort to reach our goal. My son has started designing flyers to put all over the neighborhood, announcing our efforts. I think i will snag the Missionaries to help us collect. We will probably have to go outside the community.

      After that, I'm going to search what is needed within the community. See if there is a shortage. I thought about making the life of seniors better. Perhaps by bringing the kids by to interact - but that thought hasn't been fully formed.

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  9. You are like a magician, crafting creative ways to teach a lesson while making it a fun adventure. My kids are a little small to start yet, but I'm totally ready to get them involved in service projects. I don't know a better way to teach children empathy as well as appreciation for the life they do have. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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    1. No magician. My husband thinks I have too much time to think. I don't think I have enough time.

      I think it's about making time for things that are important. Like I told Kim, I limit their activities. I hate going from thing to thing. One activity each - preferably something physical. With homeschool, that's enough. Then, we have time to do these things.

      It's not easy, trust me.

      Thanks so much for your comments!

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  10. Lisa, I love this post! I think that you are doing a great thing and involving your kids is so important, as they learn by example. We have tried to instill the value of community service in our kids and involve them through church activities, scouting, school, etc. It is not always easy, as there are so many other things vying for their attention (and my time). It's a lot of work for you as a parent, I know, to set a goal, organize and follow through, but in the long run I really think it is making a difference. Kudos to you and your family!

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    1. Kim, you are right. It's exhausting. Actually, it's more than exhausting.

      You are right when you say that ther eare so many other things vying for their time. I'm not going to be very popular, but I do try to limit their activities. One thing for Hadyn and one thing for Ava - period. We have school and one activity for each - nothing on Sunday. That way, I feel I have some room to breathe - at least a bit.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Love your comments.

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