Future Assembly Line Worker

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!


  1. I love that you made her a part of the service project. It's so easy to do everything ourselves, and a lot more work to add in those little helpers. Our girls went to our church's humanitarian center three weeks ago to help collect clothing for orphans. Other than that, we just try to include them whenever there is an opporunity.

  2. i think what you're doing already is great- how fantastic that you're instilling these values in her at such a young age. i really think children learn most by example...and if you give them an explanation of what you're doing, eventually it clicks for them. it requires a lot of patience to have a wee one tag along, but that's definitely how they learn.
    i hear ya on service projects for little ones. i teach the 5 year old class at church and this summer we have a service challenge going on and each class needs to do a project together. they have no concept of what to do, so i'm trying to come up with something for them (5 boys all under the age of 6!).
    by the way, i can't get over how cute your little girl is! :)

  3. We've participated in Samaritan's Purse the past few years. They have a Christmas catalog, and you can pick out things to "buy" with your donations. They've even got a kids' section. You can request the catalog at www.samaritanspurse.org.

    We've also done the shoebox ministry thru SP.

    Maybe bake some cookies or bread to take to visit an elderly church member, and keep the visit SHORT.

    Also, at www.Scholastic.com, they've got a summer reading program. For every 4 books your child reads (or has read to her), they donate a book to needy kids. You just have to create an "account" and log the books.

    I agree with Jen, your daughter is adorable.

  4. You certainly did NOT sound boastful. Just a proud mother and that is way okay. I think it's great. I still am a proud mom too. You are instilling such great things in A! I think all your ideas are great. There are so many ways to serve God and A is having that seed planted deep by her precious mom! GO YE means GO ME. Teach her that and she'll be blessed as you will.


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