As a momma to three I spend lots of time planning their birthday celebrations. Birthday celebrations are a big deal in our house! My children’s birthdays also provide a memorable teaching moment. My kiddos are fortunate to have a party and receive many gifts; however, many children are not. One in five children are fighting homelessness here in the United States and one in five lack access to adequate food. When these parents have to choose between food and shelter or a birthday party they always have to choose the basic needs.
Do you sometimes wish that you could get out into nature, but your family’s special needs get in the way? Well I have a great opportunity for you. Snapshot Wisconsin is looking for volunteers to help classify animals typically seen in Wisconsin. The best part is that really anyone can participate, regardless of any special needs. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your comfy couch to participate. Yes, I know. That’s kind of cheating. But, this is also a way to give back just a little, so that sort of makes up for it.
Teachers work hard for our kiddos! I love the work they put in to teach my kids to be responsible, work well with others, to be an integral parts of our community, and to understand math/reading/history/science/etc. They have a lot to do!
Twice a year, at my daughter’s elementary school, the teachers are given a grading day. Of course it takes more than a day to grade, but this is the only day it can be their sole focus. One teacher commented on how this day can be overwhelming and stressful given the amount of work that needs to be done that day. Last time a grading day came around, we decided to leave a little surprise for the teacher.
Not wanting to bother the teacher on her already busy day, we sneaked into the classroom while she was in a meeting and left a bag of snacks and a picture we’d made together.
Every year my family takes multiple road trips to see family and close friends. Although we always look forward to these trips, preparing for them is another story. We usually wait until the last minute to pack and then spend all night throwing toys, clothes, shoes and snacks into our bags and suitcases. We try to think of everything from changes in weather to possible sickness and plan accordingly, but I realized that something we have never considered is how we might be able to help others while on our road trips.