Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. I dote over things that probably make you roll your eyes over.
I still talk baby talk to my youngest even though she’s four. But if I’m being totally honest, sometimes I don’t like them.
You probably feel the same way, but you feel embarrassed to say it.
So I’ll say it for you. Sometimes you don’t like your kids.
I think it’s okay to admit. We admit that we don’t always like our boss, our parents, our spouses and family members. Why not our kids? I still love them, but there are times that the things they do really annoy me.
Here are a few things that really make me dislike my children:
When They Ask Me Crazy Questions on Repeat
Is Thidwick the moose a boy or a girl?
What happens if I go too far in the ocean? Will I die? Will you be sad? Will Jesus be happy with me when if I died and went to heaven with him?
Do bugs swim? Do they like to swim?
How can a snake bite with no teeth?
When They Ask Me for Things as Soon as I Sit Down
There must be something that we eat while pregnant that causes this. I’ll prepare dinner for everyone and try to anticipate anything they’d ask before I sit down to ensure that I can stay seated for at least 3 minutes without interruption.
One kid asks for more milk, and I ask the other if they need anything while I’m up. The answer is always no. Occasionally, I’ll start cleaning up the kitchen while I’m up, knowing that someone will want more of something.
When everyone seems satisfied, I return to my plate. And then tragedy strikes.
Suddenly, EVERYONE NEEDS SOMETHING.
This is enough to make steam come out of my ears.
When They Work Together to Be Mischievous
Oh, you know, drawing on the wall. Putting water in their play kitchen.
Using the toilet brush for whatever (denying it, but you know it was moved from the usual location)
Stealing things out of your room. Puting your makeup sponge in the bath and pretending it is soap. The list goes on and on. You know that they are doing normal kid stuff, but it still leads to those moments when you don’t like your kids.
“But mama, I’m not talking back, I’m explaining”
Sure, she’s only 6, but she’s got that back talking down. I’m trying to nip it before she becomes a teenager.
There’s something about talking back that makes the hairs on any parent’s neck stand up straight.
When They Take Advantage of Me
Right now I’m 9 months pregnant. My feet are starting to swell and I have to admit I’m hobbling around now. My husband is a farmer, so he usually gets home after all the crazy has hit an all time high.
When I’m sitting with my feet up, they find some way to get into a fight or have a meltdown that requires me to get up.
If I’m trying to make an appointment on the phone, talk to customer service or handle something important, it seems as if an alarm goes off inside them telling them to interrupt me (LOUDLY).
It’s enough to make me lose my marbles and not like my kids.
What can you do to avoid a meltdown yourself??
In those moments when you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Go into another room and take a breathe. Or tap yourself out of parenting for a bit and call your spouse in for reinforcements.
If your spouse isn’t around, throw the kids in the car and go for a ride.
Call a friend. Pull up a (kid friendly) video on YouTube and have a dance party.
Don’t allow yourself to sink and lose control. Some days that’s easier said than done, but it’s absolutely necessary to preserve your mental health and sanity.
I remember the moment I found out that I was going to be a mother for the first time. So many fears ran through my head.
Motherhood was something that I dreamed about, but when it was upon me, I wondered if I could handle the job.
It hit me that I was now responsible for some little person and that my decisions had to be more thought out. Now that I’m a mom of two (with another on the way), I feel more confident in my skills, but there are still some fears that run through my mind on occasion due to the world we live in.
I know I’m not alone because I’ve had many conversations with other moms who fear the same things. Just scrolling through Facebook or Instagram after a newsworthy event confirms that mothers everywhere are dealing with the same fears.
Our world can be a scary place. In the midst of bullying, school shootings, and so much going on in our world, it makes us want to hold our kids a little bit tighter.
More and more women are becoming stay at home moms and even have made the transition from public school to home school.
We can’t be with our children at all times, so we have to be sure that we are diligent about leaving them in the hands of people (and places) we trust.
As a mom of biracial kids, I often have fears about how people will perceive & treat my children. I am raising them to my kind, smart, resilient & confident in who they are. However, I can’t control how people treat them.
I can’t control that people are obsessed about their skin color or our multiracial family makeup, but I can teach my children to advocate for themselves.
I can teach them that they don’t have to answer questions that make them feel uncomfortable.
I will teach my daughters the value in education, modesty & brilliance.
I will teach them to let their gifts and talents shine regardless of who is jealous, or whoever simply doesn’t understand them.
The world can be a place that thrives on tearing people down. My husband and I will build them up.
In the era of #metoo it’s shocking and unnerving that so many women have suffered in silence. Men in powerful positions have taken advantage of their status and victimized women and girls into silence.
Now that so many women have so bravely come forward to share their story, it’s our job to educate our children on recognizing the signs of a predator at an early age.
When I was an elementary counselor, I taught Good Touch/Bad Touch curriculum to students (with parent permission) on an age appropriate level.
Now that I’m a mom, I truly understand how important those conversations with my students were. I reinforce some of those same concepts to my daughters, and will do the same thing when my son comes. I teach them to advocate for themselves if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
I will continue talking to them about how their bodies are their own and what is seen as appropriate.
I will make sure that I am involved in their lives and leave the floor open for them to communicate about people in their lives in hopes of preventing a #metoo event in my household.
Even if they get angry with me, I will know who their friends and friends parents are. If a situation or person makes me feel uncomfortable, I will risk judgement from other parents to keep my kids safe.
Moms, what fears have you had about motherhood? How do you tackle them?
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Curls definitely have a mind of their own. Caring for them is no cut and dry easy task.
Both of my girls were born with curls that changed. They both had dark, wavy curls that morphed into more defined brown curls.
When my oldest daughter was around 3 years old, she told me she wanted straight her like her grandma. I was heartbroken. Not that she wanted to be like her grandmother, but that she didn’t see the beauty in her curls.
After that, she frequently asked me why she didn’t have straight hair like Ariel or Rapunzel.
One of the trickiest parts of raising a biracial child is teaching them to embrace both sides of themselves. Both of my children have lighter skin than me. They both have brown eyes and curly hair. As a black mom, that is a sense of pride for me. That with all the hard work of carrying them, there is a little bit of me inside.
My husband and I were already intentional about the kinds of books we read to her. We found as many books as we could with little tan/brown girls on the cover that mentioned self love. The books did most of the work for us, discussing how the main characters embraced their skin color and curls.
What I found, however, is that what she was seeing on t.v. & who she was surrounded by daily was having a greater impact than what we read in books.
Representation in Daily Interactions
We live in town with my husband’s family. So naturally, we see more of the white side of the family. My parents are Jamaicans, and it is important to me that my girls retain our culture, so I make every effort to have more time spent with my family.
They get to see that curls are natural in all different forms, and can come in different textures, and in people with varying skin tones.
Nothing speaks representation like seeing it in the flesh.
We also make sure to have play dates with other children who are biracial or different ethnicities.
Intentional Selection of TV Shows
While I am an avid Disney Princess movie fan, many of the older Disney Princess movies did not showcase diversity. Now, thanks to movies like Princess & the Frog & Moana, my girls can see that princesses come in a variety of shades.
I also love that shows like Nella the Princess Knight & Doc McStuffins showcase smart, brave brown skin colors that are embracing who they are.
I Embraced My Curls
When my youngest was a baby, I decided to take the plunge into natural hair. I finally let go of the straight hair is beautiful message that was fed to me over the years.
It wasn’t met without resistance, tears and frustration. 4 years later, I love that my girls touch my hair and tell me how beautiful it is. They make comments about curly hair like mommy.
They even look at me strange if I’m wearing different protective styles that are straight. They wonder where my curls have gone. My curls represent more than just a style.
My curls connect me to my daughters in such a powerful way.
If you are raising a child by adoption that doesn’t look like you, it is your responsibility to find representation for your child to help them embrace their curls. They will not be able to mirror you if you are not a minority, so you will have to seek that represenation in other places.
Take them to museums that showcase diversity and history.
Travel around the country and internationally.
Have playdates with other multiracial families or families of color.
Be intentional about the movies you go see.
Be intentional about the books you select.
If you can’t do their hair, find someone who can.
Invest in products that work for your child’s curl pattern.
Don’t assume that your children will grow up with self love. Teach them to embrace their curls by talking about them.
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When we go out in public, people frequently comment on my children’s physical appearance. My blackness is put on display as their minds search for an answer to my children’s appearance. Some people are brave enough to ask, and some make general comments.
As a mother, it has always brought a great sense of pride when comments are made about their beauty. As they age, I now begin to wonder if the compliment have deeper meanings.
As the compliments are given, I often notice that people scan me. They scan my hair, my finger for a ring, and my face. It is subtle, but it’s happened so often, I am used to it.
As they are ogled for their skin complexion, “They are so lucky they don’t have to tan” and their curl pattern “I wish I had hair like that” it makes me wonder if the compliments are more due to the fact that people are drawn to their exoticism. I don’t share their complexion, and my blackness does garner the same type of attention.
At six and four, they are beginning to notice the endless compliments. They are not at the point that they can connect it to race, but one day they will.
In fact, my six-year-old has asked me why people always say they are beautiful. I simply tell her, because you are.
As they get older, I know the questions will be directed at them-especially when I am not around. They may be asked by peers and adults why don’t you look like your mom?
I want my kids to know that they have the option to not discuss our family’s racial identity if they choose not to.
Research shows that kids see race by the age of 5. However, the biases that come along with an observation come from the adults around them.
As a black mom, I worry about how my kids will feel when they discover that racism and discrimination is still alive and well.
How will they feel know that this is still very real for ME? How can I protect them from discrimination based solely on my interracial marriage?
I know that I can’t shield them from all the bad, but motherhood has given me that desire.
I worry about how they will internalize slavery. In our home, our conversations don’t center around race, but instead we discuss things that are alike and different about us.
For now, I feel that is an age appropriate conversation for them. But I want them to understand that life for others may be different from the life they have.
I want my kids to know a world without boundaries based on their skin color. For them, that may come a little easier because they are light-skinned. That sounds terrible to say, but it’s the absolute truth.
Making my children aware of my blackness is not just about me, but about having empathy for others around them. Having empathy doesn’t always mean that you agree with someone who is different, but that you can have enough compassion to listen to their story without diminishing their experience because you haven’t experienced it.
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
A doctor once told me that health begins with the mouth. At first, I really did not know what to think. How can total body health begin with your mouth?
How can poor dental hygiene affect your heart, or your diabetes?
It just did not make sense at the time.
But, over the years, I have read article after article that proves that the doctor that told me that health begins with the mouth was right. WebMD calls it, “Your Mouth, the Gateway to Your Body” and this is right – How we treat our mouth directly correlates with how our bodies function. This includes what we put in our mouths, what we put on our mouths, and of course, how we clean our mouth.
This is why clean eating and good oral hygiene is so important.
Our family tries to eat organic food as much as possible and we even raise our own pigs and chickens in order to make that a bit easier to accomplish.
This is one way that we try to keep a clean mouth and healthy body, but just because we eat organic food does not mean that we do not have to incorporate dental hygiene into our routines.
When it comes to children, it can be very challenging (for parents) to teach proper dental hygiene in order for young kids to not only grasp the concept and fully understand it, but also incorporate it into their everyday lives.
Unfortunately, many children in the United States do not practice proper dental hygiene at all. According to the CDC, “Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States.”
Thankfully, we can beat this statistic one family at a time and I hope to be a small part of that in my family and by writing this today in order to spread awareness and provide families all over the world with tips that they can incorporate into their families dental hygiene routines. Here are a few easy ways to teach your young kids how to brush:
Make It Fun
The American Dental Organization recommends brushing for a full two minutes each time you brush, but that can be hard for young kids since they get bored and distracted very easily. Instead of just standing there, or fighting with your kids to stay still while you brush for the full two minutes, spice things up and try to make it fun and entertaining.
This is much more effective compared to fighting the entire time and on top of that, if they associate brushing their teeth with a ‘boring’ or ‘awful’ time, there is a possibility that they could become scared and boycott it completely.
When you are not actively brushing, try other fun activities like pretend brushing with dolls and animals and always make sure that you are a good role model and show your kids how you think brushing is so much fun! 😉
Obviously, at one years old, your kids will not fully understand why they are brushing their teeth, but as they age, you can begin explaining why it is so important.
In fact, a good understanding on what can happen is essential because it will make them want to take care of their teeth and want to brush themselves. Be honest with them, but try not to scare them.
Instead of saying a phrase like, “If you don’t brush your teeth, they will fall out,” you could try saying, “We need to brush our teeth in order for them to stay healthy and strong.” Once they start aging a bit, you can begin explaining the dangers of poor dental hygiene and of course, answer any questions that they have.
Take Your Time
According to Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, “Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance.
For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.” This means that you need to start daily dental hygiene at a very young age, but don’t worry, you have time to figure out how to do it! Instead of getting overwhelmed and frustrated, take your time and be patient – your kid(s) will catch on! Incorporate all of the techniques that we talked about above, do more research, and chat with your other mommy friends and of course, your dentist for more recommendations.
You will get there – just stick with it and be positive!
Visit The Dentist
Last but not least, one of the most important aspects of dental health is of course, visiting your dentist every six months. If you have never been to the dentist with your child, you may be scared of not knowing what the process looks like.
Thankfully, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC explains the process on their website in detail. According to them, the first dental visit is typically very short and requires very little treatment. Your child can sit in your lap as they gently examine their teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken and they may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. They also make sure that your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home.
Dr. Gary A Simms, along with the rest of the staff at Metro Decatur Dental Group PC believes that when you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance. Born in England, but raised in Queens for most of his life, Dr. Gary Simms started his career by obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of New York. After getting his degree, Dr. Simms went on to obtain his D.M.D. degree at the University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine. While at the University of New Jersey, Dr. Simms participated in a number of outreach programs that included visits to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Once he completed his dental residency, he opened up his own practice in Bronx, New York, but in 2006, he decided to make the change and move to Georgia, opening up Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. He believes that even a subtle change can help your self-confidence and self esteem skyrocket.
How did you teach your toddlers to brush their teeth? How do you make it fun?
When my husband and I were seriously dating and began discussing marriage, we never really thought about the implications of being in an interracial marriage.
When we started having children, we began noticing that people had many misconceptions (and biases) about multiracial families.
Unfortunately, some of those misconceptions about multiracial families come to life through comments, questions and “observations.”
Here are a few that we’ve heard:
Kids That “Don’t Match” Their Parents Must be Adopted or Have Different Dads
For some reason, Americans tend to identify race based on appearance rather than ethnic makeup. Their misconceptions come out when they begin asking invasive questions. I think if they truly understood what they were asking, they wouldn’t ask (or so I hope)
People often ask me if my daughters are my children.
If you look at my own biological family, my brothers and I are all varying shades of brown. There is diversity even within monoracial families.
I hate that biases about black women often come to life when people ask questions about my kids. My husband is a farmer, so many times the girls and I are out and about without him. It’s a common assumption that I am a single mom. Even when I’m pregnant, I purposefully wear my wedding rings.
All Moms Struggle When Their Kids Hair is Different From Their Own
When my girls were little, Aveeno hair/body wash was enough for both of them. As they started to get a little older, their hair texture changed, and it wasn’t enough to add moisture, shine & definition. It was a process of trial and error to find what worked for them.
In the spring of 2014, I decided to stop relaxing my hair and embrace my naturally curly hair. The struggle was real for me. However, in that struggle, products that didn’t work for me, often worked for my daughters.
The process of trial and error was soon eliminated and now I know what makes their curls pop!
Differences do not always equal difficulties ya’ll.
And because I have girls, people think that we spend hours on hair. Unfortunatly, my hair is the one that takes hours!
Some of us can perservere and figure it out.
Interracial Couples Were Drawn to the Exotic Nature of Their Spouse
What attracted me to my husband? Let me count the ways.
He could cook.
He is intelligent.
We always had engaging conversations.
We enjoyed spending time together–even without spending money.
His dimple and his charm.
None of this had to do with him being white.
Some common misconceptions about interracial marriage, especially among black women is that I just couldn’t find a good black man, or I must’ve been hurt by black men and turned to a white man.
I wasn’t seeking out a white man and had nothing against dating anyone of another race. Sometimes the attraction is pretty simple. And to add to that, it’s no one’s business.
When my children begin dating and thinking about marriage, I want them to choose a spouse based on qualities that make them compatible and attracted to each other.
I hope that my marriage will be a mirror for them and that the misconceptions about multiracial families won’t be a factor.
What misconceptions have you heard about multiracial families?
*I was provided a copy of this book, but all opinions are my own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.*
Before having my son, I was all in as a girl mom.
As a female, I know all the things that I’m glad my parents taught me, and the things I wish they would’ve spent more time talking about, so while parenting them hasn’t been a total breeze, it has come a little more naturally.
Last March, our family will grew andÂ we welcomed a little boy–uncharted territory. I have 3 younger brothers, but this was completely different.
It hit me shortly before his birth that I’d be raising a mixed race son.
As my pregnancy progressed, I found myself wondering how the dynamic in our family would change.
The lessons I teach myÂ son will be similar to the ones I teach his sisters, but I know his needs will be unique. Here are a few things I hope to instill in my son.
If You Are Dark Skinned, People Will Identify You As a Black Man
My husband are raising are children to embrace both sides of them and identify as biracial. However, we understand that as they grow and form peer relationships, they may at times identify with one side more than the other.
Honestly, as a black female, I wouldn’t be totally bothered if my biracial son came home one day and identified as a black.
However, in this country, blackness, especially for a male can be dangerous, even life threatening. Unfortunatly, I will have to discuss the weight that carries–even if he is biracial, if he is perceived as black, it could make his life more difficult.
Thankfully he has 3 black uncles that can help guide the way.
Your Identity Is Your Own
Even if my biracial son is perceived as black, he will own his identity. No one can take away from him who he is, regardless of the color of his skin.
I will teach my son to be confident in who he is as a multiracial young man, and to not let others pressure him into changing who he was born to be.
I hope that he will learn to embrace both sides of who he is, and be proud of that. If people question his identity, I hope that he will confidently answer, or dismiss if it makes him feel comfortable. I want him to feel confident in his own skin.
Females Are Not Objects
With all of the sexual harrassment cases we’re seeing in the news, it’s apparent that women have been objectified in secret for far too long. I want my son to know that women are to be adored and respected.
Hopefully having two sisters will make this lesson a little easier.
Representation Is Important For My Biracial Son Too
Next time you go to the book store, or browse around your child’s book fair at school, I want you to take a look at the selection of books for boys–especially for boys of color.
The selection is pretty bleak. We want boys to read, be encouraged and have high self esteem, but finding books that foster those things while representing who they are (and what they look like) can be difficult.
The selection for girls goes on and on….and don’t even get me started on boys clothes.
I think sometimes our society is so focused on making boys tough and strong, we forget about other important character traits. So as a mom of a boy of color, it will be my mission to seek out books with characters that look like him.
One great book is There’s Somebody In My Room. What I love about this book is the story is centered around a multiracial kid, but the story isn’t about his identity.
It’s all about a 6 year old child’s imagination running wild when he’s trying to go to sleep. The colors are bright and vivid, and the story is so captivating! Looking for the perfect book to add under the tree? Look no further! Every story featuring a character of color doesn’t have to be about their color!
What are your favorite books featuring boys of color??
*I was provided with a set of the MVP Kids books, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own. *
Mothers of biracial children often struggle with how and when to breach the topic of race and skin color.
Everyone else seems to notice the differences between you and your child and you dread the day that your child asks why they look different from you.
When my oldest was a baby, I took to Facebook to rant about an encounter with a black male at the check out line in TJMaxx. He asked repeatedly if she was mine, then finally said, ” his daddy must be really light-skinned.”
At the time I was so shocked that I showed him a baby picture I had of myself that closely resembled my daughter. Later when I thought back on the incident, I was angry with myself for feeling the need to explain anything to him. I wished I had ignored him or given him a piece of my mind. After that day, I told myself that I would never be in that kind of situation again.
I wished I would have had some rehearsed responses and I would know what to do or say if it happened again–and I knew I wanted to prepare my children in the event it happened to them.
Here’s how I plan to tackle coversations with my kids about race:
Kill the Curiosity About Your Multiracial Child
My daughters are seven and four, and thankfully I haven’t had anyone ask them what they are, but I live in South Georgia, so I know it’s coming. I can see the surprised look on teacher’s faces when they meet our entire family for the first time–they aren’t always good at hididng their shock (or displeasure).
Since my kids are young, we don’t have open forum conversation about race (yet). We keep things age appropriate and talk about how our differences make us unique. The girls love the point out the things that they have with me versus the things in common with my husband.
Representation Through Media
One of the ways we encourage healthy self concept is through books like the MVP Kids series. What I love about these books is that The sixteen MVP Kids, along with their parents, siblings and other family members, make up twelve families.
Not only do kids see themselves in the MVP Kids series, but they also learn about character values, responsibility and language. Each book offers a section of helpful teaching tips for parents at the back of each book.
Sometimes the greatest lessons can be learned through conversations that you have with your children while reading a book with diverse characters.
Thankfully authors are beginning to understand the need for children to see themselves represented everywhere (TV, magazines, books, etc). When your children see others who look like them, having these coversations get a little easier.
In the south, people often think that “mixed” means black and white, when in actuality, being of mixed race could be a combination of any races.
Representation In The Community
Not only is it important for your multiracial child to see themselves represented in print media, but also their families. I love to attend multicultural events where there are not only a variety of races and family dynamics present, but also cultures.
As a child raised in a Jamaican (military) family, I loved that our neighbors were also from different countries. We learned alot from each other and often shared new things about our cultures. I want to afford my children the same opportunities.
Discussing race with your child doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. Keep conversations age appropriate and use books, community events and everyday happenings to begin the important conversations about race with your young child.
Remember, if you don’t take the time to discuss it, someone else will. Help your child to take center stage and own their identity.
This Christmas, my husband and I are scaling back. Our kids WILL NOT have tons of presents under the tree.
We currently have 6 & 4 year old girls, and a sweet baby boy on the way. In Christmases past, our celebrations were typical of most American families. Our children had more presents than they could remember or play with at one time.
What I noticed is that they became less grateful when they got new things.
And embarrassingly, once my mom brought the girls a few gifts on a non holiday. After looking at a book or two, my oldest tossed them to the side and said, “Grammy, what else did you bring me?”
I was absolutely mortified. I never envisioned that I would raise an ungrateful child. At that moment, I realized that I had to do something different. Especially on #GivingTuesday, a day set aside to help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.
Here’s how my husband and I are raising grateful children and scaling back this season:
We Realize That It’s Not About Us
I love having daughters. Some days it’s almost like reliving my childhood. Birthdays and other holidays are the perfect opportunity to get them things that I wanted as a child, or would have wanted as a child.
But this can be dangerous. Gifting my children with things that I would want makes the gift giving more about me than them.
We’re Teaching Our Children How to Clean
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to teach kids to clean up after themselves?
Just give them a playroom full of toys (with a million pieces) and see what happens. If this describes your house, then you know exactly what I mean.
If we keep adding more toys & presents on top of ones they already have, it makes it difficult to stay organized and finding a place for new toys feels like an impossible feat.
We Want to Raise Grateful Children
I know I’m guilty of gifting my children with presents all year round. How can they possibly have anything to look forward to, or be grateful for if they never have to earn anything and are always receiving gifts?
I always said that I wanted to raise respectful (non bratty) children, so that means that I have to teach them how to be grateful–and sometimes that means saying no on a day to day basis.
We Want to Teach Them To Give Back
When we teach our kids to give back, the focus immediately shifts from them, to helping others. There are so many ways to give back, especially this holiday season.
As a child, I always participated in Operation Christmas Child. It was a joy to choose a child and fill their shoe box with small gifts.
As an adult, one of my favorite projects that connects directly to my community is picking an angel from the angel tree and providing them with presents on their wish list. In years past, I picked one from my school’s tree. As a school counselor, I loved knowing that my contribution was directly going to a family in my school.
This year, I’m participating in angel tree again, and my family’s contribution will benefit a child in my community–and possibly even my school.
Giving Back Doesn’t Have to Be Just For the Holiday Season
There are so many charities that make themselves accessible during the holidays that people feel compelled to contribute.
But what about during the year?
Many schools participate in the Backpack Buddy program. These programs provide needy families of school aged children with nonperishable snacks & weekend meal items.
Consider making a donation of canned goods & other snacks to a school in your community. You can also supply them with school supplies such as glue, notebooks, pencils,paper, etc.
Is there a food bank in your community? Consider volunteering to help them restock and organize shelves. If you are a club/community service sponsor, this would be a great service project idea for your group.
Is there a local shelter that could use some donations?
This year, consider being a part of something bigger than yourself. November 28th has been dubbed #GivingTuesday. Need more ideas about how to get involved? Click here for 100 Unique Fundraising Ideas.