Sunday, September 8, 2013

Useful Advice

Blogtember continues with:
Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered. 
With my loving husband, we've raised 2 kids, now ages 25 and 23. They weren't easy kids by any means. God gave them to us for a reason. Not sure what that reason was just yet, but we loved them every day and still do. Perhaps He thought we could handle these restless souls and mold them into loving, productive adults. We certainly tried and hopefully, God is pleased. They are good people finding their way in the world.
So for the advice part. If I were to do it all over again (raising kids, that is), I would add one important thing/activity into our lives. That is the activity of helping others in the form of community service. It's not that I didn't want to do this as a young parent, it's just that our children were not the type that we could take to places and get them to cooperate in a helpful way. Oh, I could go on and on about the difficulties we had. Maybe another day, another blog post.
Community service is such a great way to show kids how to help others. It builds that warm feeling inside that only can grow when you do something for others and expect nothing in return. If we had gotten involved in the soup kitchen, picking up trash in the parks, donating old toys, "adopting" a family at Christmas or any holiday, making a deal of random acts of kindness, I think my kids would have a more generous heart.
People need people. It's all we have in this world. We need to help each other in any way we can.
Be a blessing to someone. Practice kindness.

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