We’re all about service over here and making a difference–and are especially focusing on it this month with our #dontwastehappy stand up to bullying campaign! I think that involving your littles’ in service is absolutely amazing. Giving back is so gratifying, and teaching your kids from a young age to give back really impacts them in a positive way. I know that I definitely can’t wait to start doing these things with little miss Blakeleigh. I want her to know the importance of making a difference, always being kind, and helping those in need. The thing that people so commonly mistake with service is money. You don’t have to have a lot of money to give back, nor does money even have to be involved whatsoever. We’ve put together a list of ten acts of service that don’t cost a dime and are ones that you can do with your babes!
1. HOMEMADE CARD
I love this one and what child doesn’t love coloring?! Hand make a card for someone and let your child add their little touch of creativity to it with drawing, stickers, etc. get creative! Then take your child with you and let them hand deliver it to them!
You had me at treats. Sometimes the best pick me up or thing you can do for someone in need is bring them dinner or a little treat of some sort! When life gets chaotic or messy one thing you don’t want to worry about–especially us women–is having to make dinner. So having this already done and in the fridge can make all the difference.
Go around the house and collect all of those old toys, clothes, etc. that you don’t use to donate to those in need. This is a perfect opportunity for your kids to go through their items and really feel like they’re helping by giving up toys they no longer play with.
4. HOLD THE DOOR
One thing that I never get tired of seeing is those sweet littles’ hold open the door for people. This is such a simple act, but can really make someone’s day! The more you do this for people in front of your kids, they will start to catch on and do it themselves!
I remember as a kid going to the store and getting groceries for an elderly woman at our church. I think this is such a great way to involve your children in giving back. Let them put the items in the cart and help you check out. Then take them with you when you go to that person’s house and deliver their items!
6. YARD WORK
Go over to someone’s house in need and have your kid’s help you pull weeds, water, plant flowers, the works! This is a fun activity for your kids to get involved in giving back, while learning how to help around the yard.
I don’t know about you, but this is another thing I remember growing up doing! Writing letters to service members and those away doing things to help us! Again this is a great time to get out those markers and let your babes add their own personal touch to these cards with pictures and scribbles! Once you’re done with the cards, have them go to the post office with you and drop them in the mailbox!
8. PICK UP TRASH
This is something you can implement literally anywhere you are, or you can make in an actual outing! Get your kids involved by having them pick up trash at a park or public place to help keep your community clean!
9. VISIT THE ELDERLY
I have a special place in my heart for the elderly, I grew up visiting assisted living homes often and helping them as much as I could. In my opinion this is such an amazing thing to involve your kids in–especially from a young age. It gives them the chance to connect with them and build a strong bond that they will take into adulthood. All while truly making those sweet elderly people’s day! I mean seriously, what’s better than watching your sweet babe light up while talking with a cute little Grandpa or Grandma?!
10. GARAGE SALE
This is a big one, takes some planning and is generally better for kids a little bit older! However, holding a garage sale for your favorite charity or cause is a great way to give back and help teach your kids about hard work and helping others.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these! We want to hear your ideas too! Comment and tell us your ways to help others with your babes!
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