Have you ever had your kids do something really cool, without any involvement from you? This has to rate high on the list of great parenting feelings, right up there with being done with diapers and straight-A report cards.
Recently, my 7-year-old daughter joined a group of adorable neighbor kids to collect food for those who need help.
One minute, they were out playing. The next minute, they decided to walk up and down our McHenry street, with a little red wagon, to ask our neighbors to donate. By the time they were done, they'd collected a Pampers box and a grocery bag of canned soup, fruit cups, boxes of rice, cake mix and more.
We were headed to a birthday party at our church that day, and the birthday girl requested food donations instead of gifts. So we brought her lots of donations. I'm not sure if that's how the idea came about for the neighborhood collection, but it doesn't really matter.
As far as I know, no adult asked them to do it. So that must mean these kids have heard us when we talk about helping others. They've watched us when we buy food at the store to donate. They're paying attention when we give our spare change to the Salvation Army collection. Rejoice, parents! It's really getting through.
The power of what we're modeling can't be overlooked. It does make a difference.