Simple Service: Learning Empathy

There are many ways to get kids involved. Whether that's using their hands to help, their hearts to heal, their words to uplift, or their minds to learn. This evening we opted for some education to get them involved in their community. 

There was an awesome event going on in our city- "Forced to Flee." It was a mock refugee camp with stations where real refugees taught us about what it's like to flee and how life is in a camp. 

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Serving Dads

Father’s Day is coming up quick!  Are you ready?  Why not make serving the honored father a major part of this Father’s Day?  We’ve rounded up some great service-oriented Father’s Day ideas for you to try this year.  Easy, cheap, and meaningful, just like Daddy likes.

Why serve dad?  We should teach our children to serve everyone but sometimes that idea is too abstract to a child whose world is here and now and the service is for someone far away that they don’t know.  Serving daddy is a perfect way for kids to see how much their service can brighten the day of the recipient, and to see how good they feel when they’ve helped someone.  Fathers are so important in their children’s lives; let’s make sure they feel appreciated this Father’s Day.

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How to Make Volunteering a Pinnacle Part of Your Family Traditions

Volunteering is a great way to give time and/or resources to a worthy cause, but it can also be a great way for families to bond. By volunteering with your family, you can create a central purpose and teach your children important values, like empathy, responsibility, and selflessness. If you want to make sure your volunteer experience becomes a part of your family’s culture and not just a one-time thing, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Simple Service: Happy Memorial Day!

Service Project: Show respect at your local cemetery

Prep time: None

Cost: Free

Duration: Up to you!

Memorial Day holds a special place in my heart because of the memories created when I was just a kid. 

Each year on Memorial Day weekend, my mom would pile the five kids in my family into our Dodge Ram Van and we'd make the five hour road trip from our home outside Seattle to Tillamook, OR. We'd meet our cousins at the local cemeteries and we'd work hard to clean our ancestors graves. This annual tradition was more than just a weekend away. Many important life lessons were taught to me in those Tillamook graveyards.

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