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Helping others is such an important part of my life, it’s something that brings me pure joy and something I hope to teach Blake just like my Mom taught me. I want Blake to know the importance of kindness, of loving and helping others no matter what and giving back without even a second thought and with no expectations of something in return. That’s what life is about. Obviously since she is so young it’s a little hard to teach her those things exactly right now, but there are a few things that I try to do now so that one day she can really understand it.
1. Lead by example. Sometimes even I forget this at times, you know..life gets the best of you, but our little babes watch every single thing we do. We have to remember that. Always treat people with kindness, love others, help those that need help, protect them with all that you have and give back as much as possible. They may not understand quite yet, but they’re watching, they’re soaking it all in and they’re learning.
2. Teach them what the word “help” means. Even if it’s as simple as “Do you need help with that toy?” That sometimes in life you will need help and sometimes you’ll be offering help.
3. Do community service. This is a pretty common one, but such a big one and you can bring your little ones along! Even as a baby I brought Blake along to charity events, community service and all of that! I wore her in a carrier, took turns holding her with the husband and just made it work! It goes back to number one, lead by example, she is watching her surroundings and one day she will really understand it.
4. Make an impact. Stand up for what is right, start your own charity event and don’t be afraid to do what is right or jump in full force! You can do anything you set your mind to and we want to teach our little ones that same thing, especially when it comes to helping others!
One charity I am currently passionate about is Band Together by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. They are set out to donate $2 million dollars to three amazing causes. Band together with Jewelers Mutual to help decide how to disperse the record-breaking donation by voting for your choice of causes from July 11, 2016 at 11am CT – July 31, 2016 at 11pm CT. The cause that receive the most votes by the end of July will receive a $1 million donation from Jewelers Mutual. The runner-up will receive $700,000 and $300,000 will go to the third-place winner. Plus during the three week campaign voters have a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes! Each week, one lucky winner will receive a set of 3 stacking bands (worth $450).
What causes and charities do you love? How do you help show your babes the importance of giving back, especially to our communities?
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