Kid Flash asked me this question last year. I think he got this great idea from the Disney Channel’s wildly popular show, “Jesse”. My response, “Of course you can…when you get grown and make your own money.” But, I got to thinking…he really already has a butler: ME!
I was reminded of the question when Junior asked me to plug his tablet up this morning. I quickly snapped, “Do I look like your secretary?” I have nothing against secretaries; they perform a valuable service within organizations. However, I am often frustrated by the expectation that I am to be all things to all people, my children especially.
Then it dawned on me that the role of motherhood is one of SERVICE. I mean, who else would clean up this mess, if not me?
As mothers we begin serving our children as soon as we become aware that they exist. And the acts of service continue throughout their lives, even into adulthood. We can’t escape it. It got me thinking, and my husband and I have also been discussing a lot lately – how do we teach our children how to serve when they are constantly being served? I think my childhood friend, Eboni Wallace Lewis, has a great idea. She started a blog, 13Days4Love, where she shares monthly service projects that she and her son, Tyler, participate in. I thought, “What a great idea to get children used to serving!” Here are some ideas that my husband and I have kicked around to incorporate the lesson and importance of service in our parenting:
● Simply teaching on it
● Including them in service activities through our church
● Getting involved in Scouting – Both of our younger boys are Cub Scouts.
● Having them complete simple acts of service, like cleaning up after themselves or others, opening doors for others, offering to help elderly members of our community carry objects, etc.
● Participating in an organized community-wide service project
● Helping them create a service project around a topic they are passionate about
You get the point. How do you help your children understand the importance of service?
Until next time-
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (I Peter 4:10NIV)
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