Life is such a blessing and I want to live mine in such a way that I am always cognizant of how truly blessed I am. For me, that means making sure that helping others is a habitual aspect of my life.
As a stay at home mom of two kids under age four, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that I can’t do much in terms of helping others because I have to take care of my children. Of course, that’s true. I can’t go wherever I want whenever I want. My first obligation is being a good mother. I can’t haul them to soup kitchens or late-night fundraisers.
Part of being a good mother, though, is teaching my children to help others, and the best way to do that is through example.
Right now, I find ways to help others by shopping with coupons. When I shop the deals, I always try to pick up whatever is free or close to it, even if I don’t need those items. Then, I donate the extra items I’ve accumulated to appropriate charities. I talk to my daughter (age three and a half) a lot about what I’m doing. She now knows that when we go to a store, we often are not shopping for ourselves. In fact, she will now pick up things and ask, “Can we buy this? Someone else might need it!”
I know that there are many other things that we could be doing, but this works for us. How do you teach your children about helping others?
Laura Brown is a stay at home mom of two little ones. She happily holds the title of CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her family. She blogs about her money-saving ways at Blessings in Bargains.