Warm fuzzies and dates with mom or dad.....
About a year ago we decided to try something new with our kiddo's. And since it has been working so well, I thought I'd share it with you guys. Maybe you'll want to try it...or maybe it will inspire you in some other way.
Brett and I talked one night about how we wanted to teach our children to serve each other happily. To reach out and be aware of opportunities around them to give service. We had also made goals to spend more one on one time with each of the children. But life had gotten busy and we just weren't doing AS good of a job as we'd hoped. Our solution? Mason jars and cotton balls. Sounds thrilling, right?
We introduced the huge jar of cotton balls at Family Home Evening one Monday night. We gave them each a mason jar, let them pick out a ribbon, and write their name on a label to put on their jar. We talked about giving service and how that helps both people (the person giving the service and the person receiving) and talked about how that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. We had the children suggest different ways that they could serve each other and then told them that they could earn a cotton ball for each deed of service performed. Once the jar is full, they get to go on a date with mom or dad as their reward. You can bet that they won't let us forget to take them on a date as SOON as that jar is full! So Chubs likes to help set the table in the morning (even though it's not his kitchen chore), Moose likes to help unload the dishwasher when it's not his turn, Little Miss likes to do the dishes, Bear likes to help me unload groceries from the car. Service around our house helps us feel warm and fuzzy!