Growing up, we didn’t really make it to many events. Come to think of it, I don’t there were many kids events like we have now. We did frequently go to the Zoo, The Kids Museum, and did plenty of traveling. My mom was very adamant about getting us out living life.
One thing we didn’t really do was volunteer for stuff. It’s not that anyone in my family was against it, it’s just that we didn’t know where to volunteer where it would be safe for kids and what to do.
With my children, I can honestly say there are spoiled. They are spoiled because really that’s how we were brought up as well: getting whatever we wanted. My mother though, was quick to let us know that she works very hard to make our life great, and it’s something that my sisters and I understood. When she said no, she really meant it.
Me on the other hand, I’m quick to give give give, yet my daughter who will be 5 next month doesn’t quite get the concept of other people’s situations. I have not found that assertive tone my mother had that let us know that we are lucky and that other people are not as lucky. She taught us to be appreciative and to never take anything for granted. Most importantly she taught us that we should never look to ourselves as being better than anyone else. We are all the same.
Sure Truly may be too young to understand, but I’d like to understand the feeling of helping other people is also a really good feeling.
I hope that makes sense.
I’ve been looking into a lot of different activities and events here in San Antonio and the results were pretty tremendous. From art festivals, to outdoor activities, it seems like everyone is needing volunteers and everyone is happy letting children volunteer with their parents.
Next weekend, my daughter and I will be volunteering at Luminaria, an arts festival that goes on downtown in our city. We will be working in the Kids Arts & Crafts area.
Not only do we get free t-shirts, but a fun activity, mother and daughter, for free!!!
Do you volunteer with your kids? How does it work for you?