This week's topic is raising children who are compassionate. I feel passionately about compassion! Ha, ha, ok enough poetry on this rainy day....
We do little things that are part of our daily lives that I hope translate into compassion being a part of our very being. While I struggle with living intentionally in many areas, I feel like I do an ok job modeling this.
As we pull into our school parking lot each Monday, Wednesday and Friday we discuss prayer requests for the day. Then I pray before we leave the car. This has taught us to think of others as we pray for our teachers, friends and also, ourselves.
During the Christmas season my kiddos never went past a Salvation Army kettle without dropping a few coins in, both entering and exiting the store.
The biggest act of compassion will come this April as they celebrate their 5th and 4th birthdays four days apart. Our playroom is filled with toys we do not play with regularly. However, I am not good at purging, as I remember who gave us most of these toys and I am sentimental. That being said, I don't really care to add to the storehouse of plastics now strewn across the floor.
So for their birthday party we are going to ask the guests to help us be compassionate. Our theme is going to be a mini pajama party. The kids will come dressed in their jammies and we will watch a movie, eat snacks and pretend to stay up late.......though no one will do any actual slumbering or spending of the night.
And here is the kicker........instead of bringing birthday gifts we are going to ask each guest to bring a set of new pajamas that we can donate to the local women's shelter.
As I was explaning this idea to them in the car a month or so back we started brainstorming different things their friends could donate. It was my #2 who thought of the pjs for children who don't have them.
I will let you know how the party goes........ I am sure we will have to do some explaining when the actual date arrives, but I have been talking up this idea of giving to others because we have so much.
I hope it is a tradition in the making..........