Some friends of ours recently lost their loving dog, who had been a part of their family for many years. The kids have never known life without him and are adjusting to this new and painful void. Losing a pet is so hard. My kids were really struck by the fact that their friends no longer had their puppy to greet them when they walked in the door. They understood the sadness our friends felt. I asked them if they wanted to do something to help cheer them up, and they immediately said they wanted to deliver flowers and a homemade card.
When you consider how your family can give back to your community, have you considered simply giving the gift of your time? Sometimes this can seem like the most daunting option – people are either too nervous to do this with kids or aren’t sure where they can go that will welcome their kids. Well today I’ve got a great idea for your family, especially those with little ones! Visit with the elderly near you.
With the new year in full swing, it’s a great time to clean out some of your child’s unused toys and items and teach them about giving back. This concept, giving back, can be somewhat abstract and difficult for young children to understand and fully grasp. Should we even bother trying to teach it to them at a young age? If so, how do we approach it? In short, yes. It is never too early to introduce important concepts, especially those that have to do with humanitarian work. Teaching our children how to be kind, how to give back, how to help, and incite joy will help them tremendously in strengthening their social and emotional skills. The best way to introduce a big concept is to make it relatable to what they know. Something tangible. Something they can manipulate and take part in.
In every community across the country their are children in need, children who are homeless or perhaps living in a shelter, sick in a hospital or part of the foster care system. All of these children have one thing in common, they will have a birthday this year and deserve more than anything to be celebrated! These are the children we are serving here at Box of Balloons but we can't do it without you.