I took my kids to the most beautiful beach in the world but insisted they visit a local school too...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I think mom guilt was the main driver here. It is always a worry for me that my kids will grow up all entitled and self-absorbed. I want them to be grateful and helpful human beings so whenever I can (and I really need to do more of it myself) I try to show them. I figure if they see me do it....maybe something will rub off. So during our vacation I organized a trip to the local elementary school to read books to the kids. I figured my kids would see how kids around the world go to school. Maybe pick up on the differences and maybe down the road develop some kind of  frame of reference of how other people live. When I was a kid my parents took me to India often and I saw poverty first hand. It didn't register right away but later on it stuck with me.  This local school trip was fun. We read to different classes and I was impressed how my kids confidently introduced themselves in front of the classes. Not sure if they saw any difference - to them it was a school and kids just like them.  My son handed the principal the school supplies we donated and we went to the library. It was a wonderful experience and I hope I can continue to show my kids in small ways that helping people is the best type of experience of all.
 Reading to the Grade 3 class.
 Having fun with the Kindergarten class. I enjoyed answering questions about Canada and snow.
This was a fun excursion and I highly recommend it!


Harpreet said... [Reply to comment]

What a wonderful idea! I will have to do this on our next family trip for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Amelia @ House Pretty said... [Reply to comment]

Very cool! A neat way to learn more about the place you're visiting. I'd be interested to hear more about how you organized it!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said... [Reply to comment]

That is such a wonderful lesson for your children! I know I never truly appreciated how lucky I was to live here until I lived among less fortunate people in the Philippines. It changed my view of the world and really shifted my values. Such a gift you to your kids.

MonicaRD said... [Reply to comment]

That's amazing... you've got two great kids for a reason!

Alexa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh this is such a great experience for your kids! They will grow up much more cultured and informed about the world. :)

Vanessa@decor happy said... [Reply to comment]

So cool - what a great idea!

Shabana Buwalda said... [Reply to comment]

give yourself a pat on the back mama bear.

Jordana @WhiteCabana said... [Reply to comment]

What a great experience for you all. Did you tell the kids that there's snow here from November to April!?!

Lina Kesepian said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for the information, I wait for other information , greetings from us Pembesar penis

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