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ungreatful children

I love my children with all my heart but right now they are really getting on my nerves.

All im hearing is i dont want to eat that or i dont want to eat this i want to eat that , or i want this for Christmas not that. etc

All they seem to be worried about is what works for them, which i know is kids way but this Christmas i want to teach them a lesson.

my plan is a few days before Christmas we are going to spend around £20 to £30 on food and make some bottles of squash and pack lunches for the homeless shelter.

gonna get the kids to hand them out so that they can see there are people that have so much less than them.

They see it on the news all the time but im hoping it will hit home more if they face it in real life

I want them to appreciate any little thing they get in life as it can all be taken away in a minute.

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fufurinha wrote on December 14, 2014, 11:22 AM

It is not easy to educate children, but with patient, everything is possible. :)

MegL wrote on December 14, 2014, 11:23 AM

Children find it very hard to think of anything other than themselves. What a great idea, to get them to help the homeless shelter.

Katherina201 wrote on December 14, 2014, 4:58 PM

I think it will go over much better if you discuss this with the kids before so they feel it was their decision. If they feel it was pushed on them they may balk. They may surprise you and really want to help others.

scheng1 wrote on December 14, 2014, 11:59 PM

If this still fails to teach them a lesson, you can bring them to the hospital to give gifts to the children with terminal illness and who will die soon. It will make a very deep impression on them.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 15, 2014, 9:52 AM

What a wonderful way to teach your kids! They may not understand now, but sometime down the road they will appreciate the lessons you taught them :)

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 1:17 PM

I think i would be better to talk with them first about what you are doing and how people become homeless so they can see it can happen to anyone. Otherwise they might still approach the experience as an us / then sort of situation. Maybe ask first what they think should be done to help people who have no warm homes to go to and not enough to eat. They may even suggest that people who have more should share what they have.

astraldreamer wrote on December 17, 2014, 1:23 PM

thanks for all of your comments, my kids do feel sorry for the homeless etc but the connection between them and the homeless etc is missing, its like they havent completely mastered the empathy side of things, i mean they cant put themselves in their place because they havenet seen it first hand, they are aged 10 and 14 so they understand fully what we are doing and why. my 10 year old is making little candle holders out of clay for them, bless her.

BodieMor wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:56 AM

What a wonderful lesson in compassion for them! How did it turn out?