Had to document my little helper today. A. took great delight in putting treats in bags for our mission team from our church. They leave this week to work in Dominica. She paid attention well and did a great job on the assembly line.
I have had a longing in my heart to start teaching her about service and helping others. We don't do enough, but we try, in small ways. Even if she doesn't quite "get it" yet, I want her to begin to be exposed to the concept. She has helped bake birthday cakes for the nursing home, she brings food for Hungry Charlie (our church pantry), helped take food for the sick, and knows about Goodie Mail (her term). When she is a bit older, I would like to take her to visit our elderly members. Right now neither one of us might survive! As she gets older she will be able to do more and I hope serving becomes a part of her life.
Do you have ideas that can help teach children service and helping others? If so, PLEASE share! I would love to have some more ideas that are appropriate for an almost 4 year old.
****Later thoughts @ 9:15pm***** I did not mean for my thoughts above to sound boastful or anything close to that at all. I truly want to raise A. to have a desire to help others and serve. We have only done little things so far, and it's sporadic. I want to do better and I want to use opportunities that might come up to teach her. Thanks for all your ideas and comments!