☼Summer of Fun☼ Activity No. 3
PINE CONES for NANA
This past Christmas, we gave my mama (just call here Nana, everyone does) Pine Cone Fire Starters. To say she loved them would be an understatement.
The problem with pine cone fire starters? They are a consumable. One use and poof up in flames!! LOL
So, we decided we would help Nana replenish her supply of pine cones and added it to our list of things to do this summer.
(helping wick and wax them will come later)
I’m a firm believer in having several service type activities on our list.
Serving others is very important; a lesson I want my boys to learn.
I Believe Serving Others Helps Teach Kids:
Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
This is huge for me, as I believe everything hinges on this one ability. If you think about every rule you know, in some way it comes back to respect. Don’t steal (respect that it isn’t yours), Drive the speed limit (respect the law), clean your room (respect your things)… See? Everything we do comes down to this one word. Serving others offers them respect and shows my boys how to BE respectful. They’ll need that the rest of their lives.
Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
They will need this ability all of their lives. They’ll need it to understand their friends, spouses, co workers and any one else who comes into their lives. They’ll need it to become good listeners and to be present in the relationships they will have.
Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate
Again, all their lives this will be something they will need to be successful. This world can be a pretty ugly place sometimes and knowing how to spread kindness, even in small doses, will serve my children well.
Compassion: sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
What’s that? Yep. they will need this all of their lives (I’m seeing a pattern here, you?) Learning to not be ‘blind’ to other’s pain or sufferings is so important in having empathy and kindness.
These four work together to create a human who reflects what Jesus taught us to do while we’re here on this earth; Love one another (John 13:34-35)
I know serving teaches them more than respect, empathy, kindness, and compassion but those four tend to be the biggies for me!
If I can teach them that serving others can be fun and rewarding, even if it’s not always an easy thing to do, than they are going to come out way ahead of the game as adults.
“Only a Life Lived for Others is a Life Worth Living”
– Albert Einstein