I am a mom. With 3 little kids, a black lab and a husband. I cook, I clean, I dress-up, I do pigtails, I read stories, sing songs, hug, kiss, eat, pray, love. Exhausting, yes. Rewarding, absolutely. But I keep asking myself, is all of this enough?
Innumerable times I have told my kids, “Please be grateful.” Grateful. Such a big word for young minds to grasp. Right? Well here’s the thing…their hearts are actually bursting with this emotion already. Our little ones are beaming with appreciation, sincerity and empathy. These big words innately engulf their hearts and hold extraordinary meaning in their young minds. It is simply up to us grown-ups to encourage their giving behavior.
My husband and I want our children to understand the gravity of, “Some kids don’t get to eat dinner everyday.” “Some kids have to snuggle their lovies at a hospital all night long.” “Some kids don’t have a home, some grandparents have to move out of their homes, some animals are abused and neglected, some people abuse our wonderful planet.” We pray that they have compassion for all people and for the world around them.
I used to think that my philanthropic urging was in vain, but then I started to hear little inklings of success. “Mommy, can we buy food for the homeless kids?” “Mommy, can I give a teddy bear to that sick little girl?” It is sinking in! My heart is aflutter. Our little ones ooze with kindness, generosity and love. Compassion is in their very nature and we must simply steer that energy in the right direction. We need to expose our children to those less fortunate. They need to see, experience, practice and help hands-on to fully understand. This is the key to creating tender-hearted children. And this is how HUMBLE PIE was born.
An image has stuck in my mind from several years ago when a friend was delivering gifts to a family in a very difficult situation. She said all of the neighbor kids were watching from their windows as she brought in presents and groceries. The humbling realization was, the children were more excited about eating their cereal with the milk she brought that morning, than opening their gifts. This puts life into perspective. We want our children to understand this perspective too.
So as I grapple with my kids about being grateful, I smile. Their hearts are ready. I am ready to guide the way. Learning to be humble is one of life’s sweet lessons. And hey, our kids love to eat pie, right? It’s a match made in volunteer heaven.
Will you join us?
Teaching our children the importance
of giving back at a young age, to initiate a lifelong journey of helping others.
No person is too small to make a big impact!
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”