In the hustle and bustle of life, we all try to invent new parenting tips and tricks, and develop time management skills. But life sometimes speeds by so fast that we can actually see time slipping away. So here is something different to try that might help you and your child(ren) become better people or at least feel like you’re making a difference in this world:
Do you have or know of a lonely elder or neighbor? On a day where you feel like you just can’t do it anymore, need a break from the children, or just need time to CLEAN (which seems to be the most widely complained-about problem), why not have one of these nice people over for some special quiet time with your children? Better yet, see if you can set up a time to have the children go to their house. If you have older children, it would be a good way to teach them about how important our elders are to us.
The children can help straighten up their home, or bring goodies to share while they read a story to them. I would even ask the elder to share some of his/her life history with the kids. My children used to listen to their adopted Grandma Irene talk about her life on the farm and meager Christmas times. In fact, they still remember what chair they were sitting in with her over 7 years ago. I got quite a bit of cleaning done that day too!