Teaching Kids to Serve Others

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, Uncategorized
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I first stumbled upon Amy’s blog several months ago, and was blown away by her purpose for blogging. She states, and I quote, “Can one beyond-blessed family move from addicted to ourselves to devoted to others? This is where I share our story. Thanks for tagging along.” Many of her posts include practical ideas on how to get children beyond self-absorbtion and into being mindful of others. In today’s “it’s all about me” society, I think that’s an amazing feat, don’t you? You must visit her blog, amy l. sullivan, as it is a plethora of ideas and encouragement to do things for the love of Christ. This is a recent post on her blog about what she is doing for Christ’s sake.

Get Kids Invested in Serving Others in Five Easy Steps

Step 1: Find a cause that interests them. For this group of girls, the cause was a local center that houses people traveling to Asheville, North Carolina to seek medical treatment.

Step 2: Brainstorm a tangible way in which kids can see the results of their giving actions. The girls loved the paintings they created (with a little help from a local artist!) for the new children’s wing.

Step 3: Get out of the house and go see the where and why behind actions. It’s easy to forget conversations. Experiences linger longer in little heads.

Step 4: Enlist the help of someone who knows more than you to explain why kid-sized help is important and needed.

Step 5: Celebrate small. Four paintings and a bin full of children’s books and board games will not change the world, but I’m pretty sure it impacted little hearts.

Click here to view the video behind our involvement in this cause. Happy Saturday, friends. Hope you find ways to impact little hearts this weekend.

 

Linking with beautiful Jen, Michelle, and Shanda:

 

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Comments
  1. I love Amy and how she lives her life! And those little ones will never forget their serving experiences and just may go on as adults to do even more themselves. It all starts with thinking of others and then putting one foot in front of the other. Way to go Amy! Way to go kids! God bless you all! 🙂

  2. Shanda says:

    I love this. It is so important to get kids serving. I always took my kid out, from the time they were born, to introduce them to the joy and commitment of service. The business of our society makes it hard and the older they get, the less time they have. That is why it is good to start young and form values and habits.

    • Amy Sullivan says:

      Shanda,
      “The business of our society makes it hard.” Yes, I totally agree. Society is good at forcing us to fill out time with busy, go-go-go kinds of things, but often we miss out on the important.

  3. oh that is a big deal in this house.
    With seven kids, and knowing they are all gifts.. we strive to raise them more globally aware and more community minded.
    It can’t ever just be an idea it has to be a mindset.
    good read.
    T

  4. Amy Sullivan says:

    Thanks so much for allowing me to share my voice here, at your place!

    I love reading the other voices you post here, and I’m encouraged by your heart and your mission.

    Thanks, friend.

  5. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I’ve awarded you with the “Tell Me About Yourself” Blog Award over at “Gwendolyn Gage ~ Serving Through Words” http://gwendolyngage.blogspot.com/ Congrats! (It’s up to you if you want to pass it along or not 😉

  6. Hi Amy! Good to see you here. This is a timely read for me. I’ve been thinking this week too – how can I get my kids involved? Devoted. To others. Wow. Starts with me, but we can do this together!? Of course.

    Thanks again for the challenge!

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