As a mom, I do my best to teach the importance of dental hygiene as well as the art of giving. Both life lessons are learned from example. Mommy and Daddy need to show proper dental hygiene as well. We also need to model the art of serving others by giving of our time, means and attention.
This lesson is much easier written down in a lesson plan book than taught… and received. The boys, thankfully, understand the importance of brushing their teeth and proper dental hygiene. Thanks to a few good reminders from the dentist for that helpful lesson.
The art of giving and serving others is still a lesson to be learned. As a part of our homeschooling citizenship and acts of service we partnered with Colgate for the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project, “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures.” We shopped for Colgate products and donated the oral care items to a charity benefiting children.
I loaded up the boys in the car and we headed to our local WalMart. As always, it was crowded and full of people. Trying to teach the valuable lesson of giving and donation to my children while in the middle of a colorful toothbrush aisle… laden with Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers, and Dora the Explorer themed oral care items was difficult.
While filling our cart with the items to donate, the boys decided they needed the items for themselves. Struggling with the concept of giving to others. There were tears shed. Loud voices raised. Heads spinning. End of the world feelings hurt expressions.
After a few laps around the store to remind, encourage and re-teach the lesson, they finally and thankfully came to an agreement that other kids needed these super fun toothbrushes too. It wouldn’t be nice if they had sugar buggies growing on their teeth. Finally, they accepted that these gifts were for someone else. Learning the acts of service by giving to others.
Looking at the photo above, I will give you two guesses who the child was who was having the hardest time understanding and accepting that the super cool Spongebob Square Pants toothbrush set was not going home with him. (Yes, I know that is a totally long run on sentence).
We have decided to donate our toothbrushes and toothpaste to Love Inc. Our church partners with Love Inc. Through Love Inc. we are able to donate these fun themed oral care items to families who do without. Because of the privacy of the patrons and program, I am not allowed to take or share photos.
Our church is also going to Mexico to build a home for a family in need. The family has two children (one boy and one girl). The boys thought it would be a super nice if they were to give those children fun toothpaste and toothbrushes also. So we donated a set of themed oral care items to that family also.
It is my hope that Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer would bring a huge grin on the children’s faces! It is such a blessing to give to others. I am hoping this mini lesson of acts of service and giving to others will help teach my children how blessed they are… as well as encourage them to give to others also.
How do you encourage and teach your children to give of their time, money and talents to their community?
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