When my son was very young, I would take him with me to volunteer. He was never happy about it at all. However, I felt it was important for him to see me serving and for him to serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK) is a great time to celebrate service with your children. Here are some things you can do with your children to make it a “day on” and they won’t break the bank. You can read to your children. There are great picture books and chapter books about MLK. These books will be both enriching and informing for your children. You can watch movies or videos about MLK and his contributions to our country. You can go to your local library. The library often has great, interactive programs to recognize MLK Day. Most cities have MLK Day parades to attend. If you can, visit the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is an amazing memorial, pictures don’t do it justice.
More importantly, participate in a day of service event with your children. There are service events nation wide for MLK Day. Trust me, doing this with your children may not seem like it’s making a difference, but it is. When my mother died two years ago. I pondered her legacy. I decided to speak about it at her funeral services. What I spoke on was the fact that she served others and was a very giving person. She instilled that in me even though I didn’t realize it until I took the time to think about what her life meant. She is the reason why I love to serve today. After I shared this at the funeral services my son, 22 years old then, said to me “Now I get why you love serving in your sorority and at church so much. I need to find where I can serve also.” This truly warmed my heart when my son said this to me. So, let this MLK Day be a “day on” with your kids. I have provided some helpful links for you. Enjoy!
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