A mother’s heart is as expansive as the universe. We look at our babies and the world explodes with wonder and expectations. We never expect that one of our children will be diagnosed with cancer. When that happens, our world implodes. Even the most independent among us find that …
Welcome to our Bettering Communities page. Enjoy tips and ideas for being a better neighbor, getting involved in a local service project, and doing random acts of kindness. This list highlights our most popular posts, or scroll down for the most recent tips and ideas.
Written by: Jyl Johnson Pattee
Finding family service projects that allow children of all ages to participate can be difficult. Yet, getting kids involved in charitable activities at a young age is a critical component in raising giving children.
In a previous post, we identified 10 ways to pay it forward as a family. Examples of family service projects included providing gently used books to the library and giving “blessing bags” to the homeless shelter. (You can see the full list here.) This post …
Muddy feet, slobbery kisses, squeaky toys, unconditional love … you might think that I’m talking about kids and everything that they add to life. What if I told you that before I had a child, my life was filled with all of these wonderful things? How? Thanks to our furbabies,…
Our kids are growing up in a world where climate change is having harmful, and too often devastating, impacts on communities here at home and around the world. Just days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy… striking the Eastern Seaboard, Super Typhoon Haiyan—the largest typhoon to ever make landfall
You may or may not know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it may seem that every month touts its own cause, October’s cause is indeed poignant and very, very relevant. Breast cancer is still a mean killer, and a prevalent one: one in eight women will be…
For the month of September, many organizations are coming together to focus on raising awareness for child hunger, including “No Kid Hungry” and “Feeding America.” Mom It Forward is excited about having the opportunity to share some of the ways each of us can make a difference.
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Families that serve together, stay together. Strong families recognize the need to give back to the community that so readily gives to them through community service.
The Benefits of Performing Community Service as a Family
Community Service… provides endless benefits for all involved.
When families perform community service together,
Most parents have a desire to instill in their child a sense of nurturing, empathy, and care for others. We want to teach our kids to “pay it forward” and love one another. Volunteering …of our time, money, or abilities is a great way to teach our children these traits.
How do you incorporate volunteerism and service into your role as a parent? What are you doing to raise the next generation of charitable citizens?
I’ve written posts about raising giving children and ways to be a good neighbor… and we ran a series for more than a year called