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!