Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.Day, teaching your kids about MLK the man and participating in day of unity and service is important. Depending where you live in the US determines if this day is important (apparently). My sister in-law lives in Northern PA, and for some reason this MLK day that our government deems a Federal Holiday and is not important enough to shut down their school down for (My Sister in law thinks it’s wrong (so do I)). This is the same school district that shuts down for the 1st day of hunting season.(apparently school children are hunting. WTF) . It might be said that this school district has no African Americans so they can not relate. This is a National / Federal Holiday, this is not a holiday of color. Martian Luther King stood for for equality and unity. Even the poorest of children have something to give, it is important to teach that. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ .
Ok so that is my 60 second rant …
Great ways you can help others with your children:
Encourage your kids to give back every week as part of their responsibilities to the family and community. I encourage local giving with kids so they can see the charity people that they are giving to.
Help the Animals: Your children can also save there coins and donate to a local pet shelter. Or collect old towels, pet food, kitty litter. Plus I bring my kids to shelter to stress the importance of so many animals that need a home. We can’t save them all. But you ingraining early the adoption bug it will save animals when they are adults. Or go online Humane Society
Do the Can Can: Encourage them to give pick one item at the food grocery store to give to the local food pantry, don’t know where one is stop by a local church they always have a food pantry. I always say”make it something you love to eat so the child you are giving it to will also”.
Share the Sandbox: Teach kids the importance of sharing there toys with others. Every year right before a holiday or birthday or major school break. I teach my kids about purging, and giving to others. My son is fine long as it goes to another child. Have the child help in donate the toys or clothes to a organization like Crayons to Cradle
Give a Plate: Giving meals is a wonderful to encourage your children to be party of there community. If there is an older American on your street who lives alone. Take him or her dinner or better yet invite them for dinner. When I talk to senior they say the hardest thing about being alone is the meals cooking for one stinks so they don’t eat or cans are the meals. I always make extra soup when I make I, my son will run the meal to my neighbor. It is never planed and I figure he can always freeze it. It makes my son, part of the giving process.
Sick to Smiles: Don’t forget the local hospitals / nursing homes and the sick people in them. Many people don’t have visitor or people who come to see them. Have your kids make cards and trinkets to brighten others day. Organize some kids to sing at a local nursing home or play a game of checkers. All the care locations have volunteer contact person so call and ask.
Make Card: You don’t always have to leave your house. On these cold winter days when you are snowed in encourage your kids to write letters and card to our service men overseas, box them up and mail them to the following. Here is a link: Do Something
or the address:
A Million Thanks
Care of Do Something.org
17853 Santiago Blvd., #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861
Sweet Dreams : Have the kids save to buy PJs for other kids Many children do not have PJs at night to sleep in Pajama Program
Check out the MLK Day Site for more ideas.
Every day every person had the opportunity to make someone else life better for kids it could be a kid at the play ground inviting him join it or to a senior member of our society talking to them with a hello how is your day.
So what are some of your ways to teach your children to “Do For Others”. How are you contribution this year?