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:
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.
Much to my hubby's chagrin (I will explain this further down).
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?
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