This is not what you may think. I know that doing family service projects is wonderful for families. The experience is rich and we need to do more of it. The service I am suggesting here is the gift of you doing something for your child, helping him/her complete a personal project that is important to them. It involved sacrifice on your end. Our children need to learn what sacrifice feels like from both ends: the giving and the receiving.
It is very hard for children to learn how to serve if it is not modeled for them. Any mom who has ever had someone make a meal for her understands the value and sacrifice of that gift. She is motivated to return the gift to another family in need because she understands and has felt the benefit herself. Our children will learn how to give sacrificially when it is modeled to them and they feel it in love.
For this category, think of things that will show your child you love him. Acts of service that will show you know his world and care about it. This gift generally works well for for all children but it works very well for older kids and teens.
The gift of Service: Do something for your child. For a teen, this may be to paint your daughter’s room, help your son build something with wood, or help him fix or wash his car. Do something unique to their interest and personality. If your son likes outside adventure and you don’t, do it anyway. If you like sports but your son doesn’t, an act of service would not be taking him to a ball game. Build a tree fort with your younger child, build a go cart, fix his bike, build a pitching mound in the backyard, a golf hole, etc. The goal is to do something for him that models service to him. It is a project that you do not just individually with your child for for him.
The benefits of this gift will last a lifetime. Your act of service will be remembered more than that new video game this Christmas….trust me!!
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