My husband and I strive to be charitable people. We do our yearly donations to various causes that are near and dear to our hearts. We asked for donations as part of our gift registry for our wedding and were pleased to have raised a fair amount to our charities. I've run some races and collected donations. I've cleaned up some city parks as part of my company's Volunteer Day.
This is that time of year around the holidays where there is so much overconsumption to the point of gluttony, and there are so many people less fortunate out there. Especially in our current economy. It really hits home that we need to do more.
I want to be the type of person who volunteers more of my time and is really present with those in need. But who has the time? We can barely get it together each night to get dinner on the table. With two boys under 2 years of age, I barely see my own husband, so how can I possibly fit in time for anyone else?
Well, I think my children will be my motivation. I want to be an example for them and teach them how to be charitable. I've read that as of age 3, this is a good time to start, as this is when children are just beginning to comprehend that other people have feelings, too.
I think we'll start with the obvious clearing out of some toys that we may no longer need and clothing as well. But as my children get older, I'd like to interact with those in need a bit more. Perhaps we could volunteer with the elderly or do some dog walking at a shelter.
I'd love to hear from those of you who make charity part of your lives and how you involve your children, especially around the holidays.
Post submitted by Trish from The Mommies Network's Content Team