As my children grow older, I find myself trying to explain the sad and painful parts of life. I know they are looking to me to show them how to respond to difficult moments. I try to put things into perspective for them in ways they can understand while still respecting their abilities to process and comprehend the reality of certain situations. We like to draw/paint our feelings sometimes and we do a lot of praying but as they grow older, I see that they feel frustrated by their lack of control over the “bad things”. I think we all feel that way at times.
- Volunteer with your local nursing home
- Write letters and send care packages to our heroes in the armed forces – Operation Gratitude
- Save change and donate it to your local non-profit childrens’ museum –Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
- Get involved with local church service groups – (There are many in the Charleston area)
- Get involved with your local animal shelter -(There are many in our area. Some allow children to volunteer with parent supervision)
- Donate for the holidays – We like to donate toys, clothes and save change for the Salvation Army bell ringers. The kids love doing that!