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As a parent, you want to give your kids everything. What kids want and what they need are often very different things though. A few years ago, when my oldest was only in preschool, I started to see the consequence of saying yes too often and making things easy on my kids. We were walking through a toy story and my son pointed out a toy he wanted to buy. I told him we weren’t buying it that day and he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Ok. You’ll get it for me later.”
That response stunned me. My son has always been a good boy, but I realized that by trying to give him everything and making things easy on him, I was failing to teach him gratitude. Since that day we’ve worked to help our kids understand how blessed they are and open their eyes to the fact that there are so many kids in the world who do not have the things that they have. We’ve said no more, expected our kids to work harder for what they do have, and tried to teach our kids to give back whenever they can.
The opportunities I’ve had to volunteer with my kids have been amazing experiences. I’ve watched them become better people. I will always remember a time when we were volunteering for a homeless outreach program and one of my boys saw a child his age being helped. He immediately asked to run out to the car. I wasn’t sure what he wanted there but I followed him anyway. When he got there he grabbed one of his toys that he’d brought with him and asked if he could give it to the little boy because he knew he didn’t have any toys.
This year I’m excited to have them take part in Family Volunteer Day. Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families working together to support their neighbors and neighborhoods. It’s held the Saturday before Thanksgiving to help you get in the spirit of giving before the holiday season.
This year, GenerationOn, a global youth service movement, is teaming up with Disney Friends for Change and bringing thousands of families and kids together across the country for the 25th annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 21.
There are some great opportunities to volunteer as a family. Learn more at http://www.generationon.org.
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