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Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
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Volunteering is one thing I hope to instill in my child. Teaching him selflessness and compassion towards others/things less fortunate. I honestly do believe it is so good for children to learn early especially boys, most girls have a caring characteristic and boys are just so rough and tumble I truly think it’s something they are taught. My boy anyway. Here are just a few easy ways to volunteer with your child. Once your child gets a taste of volunteering they will probably beg you to volunteer more. Remember to start volunteering early(but it’s never too late to start) and explain to your child what they are doing and how it is helping.

 

1. Pick up trash – this can be done anywhere, park, your neighborhood, beach, school and can be started at a very early age. We started this with Mason when he was about 2, just grabbed gloves, a garbage bag and headed to the local beach. And now anytime Mason sees trash on the ground he HAS to pick it up and he will get mad if he sees someone litter. Explain to your child it saves the environment, animals and that you can get in trouble by the law if you litter.

2. Animal rescue – there is always fostering animals :) but a lot of people aren’t able to do that. But did you know you can still volunteer for a animal rescue group; help with adoption events, drive animals to and from doctor appointments, collect food/supply donations, ect. Contact your local rescue group they can always use help. Why you should foster animals? Post

3. Elderly neighbor – offer some yard work service, I’m sure they wouldn’t turn you down especially if you have a cute little kid with you :)

4. Toy collection – I think this is a great learning experience for children, teach your child that some kids aren’t as fortunate. And this can be as simple as buying a couple toys at the store and dropping them off in one of the Christmas charity boxes. But if you have the time you could contact your local woman and children shelters or fire station/police station for any toy collection events.

5. Senior/Nursing home – this is something I have yet to do with Mason, but I LOVED volunteering at a nursing home when I was a kid. They love visitors, just someone to talk to and listen, or you can go for one of their activity days. Check with your local nursing home for volunteering info.

6. Mail homemade artwork or cards – to any senior living home, or hospitals. Very easy, especially if you aren’t able to physically volunteer. The patients and elderly love receiving homemade stuff, especially from children.

7. Water/Food for the homeless – you can buy a case of water for under $3 at the grocery store, leave a case in your car and hand out when you see a homeless person or just simply someone who looks thirsty and a box of granola bars another idea.

8. Donate food – clean out your pantry, pick up an extra item or two next time you’re at the grocery store. Donate it to the local food bank. If you’re able, they usually welcome extra hands to help, you could help sort foods, serve, deliver. Another idea; put together a “donation day” where you drive around to friends and families houses and pick up bags of food to donate. Sometimes people don’t donate because they don’t know where to drop off.

9. Make or Buy Treats – and bring them to your local fire station or police station.

10. Special Olympics – almost every single disabled person I know loves children. Contact them to find your local Special Olympics and see what volunteer opportunities they have, or you can just attend a local event and simply be a cheerleader, everyone would love that!

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11 Comments
  • Dana Rodriguez
    April 22, 2018

    These are great ideas. I especially love ” Pick up trash”. The roads in SC are disgusting because they are so dirty. They talk about it on the news all the time here.

  • mrsportiasmith
    May 15, 2016

    What a great idea!!! We are big into donating – but I loved reading these other ideas!

  • Laura
    September 10, 2014

    Whenever we camp the kids spend time cleaning up trash while we pack up the tent! Thanks for more ideas for kids to volunteer!

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 8, 2014

      yes! and it’s such a simple task to keep them busy also :)

  • Trish
    September 9, 2014

    These are all great ideas! I am a total stickler for picking up trash, even if it’s not MY trash, so I’m sure my kid will have that put upon him at an early age :)

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 8, 2014

      Good for you! It drives me nuts when I witness someone throwing garbage on the ground.

  • Jess
    September 9, 2014

    I love all of these ideas! I’ve been trying to teach her how helping people is good to do. I think I might try the toy collection one for this year! =)

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 8, 2014

      Yes, it is such a good experience for all ages, really!!

  • rivaladiva
    September 9, 2014

    These are some fantastic ideas!! I will totally have to give them a try!
    xo/Riva
    http://www.rivaladiva.com

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 8, 2014

      Yes, please do!! :)

  • joannerambling
    August 31, 2014

    Some great ideas

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." - #MarkTwain

“A man cannot be comfortable...

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – #JohnRuskin

“Nature is painting for us,...

Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
🌻

Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
Will you join us? 
Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
#WBpartner #scoobydoo #entertainment #warnerbros #WB #movies #stayhome #movienight #familytime #quarantinelife

The gang is coming over...

2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
#sponsoredpost #momsmeet #lightlife #tempeh #plantbased #vegan #health #wellness #healthandwellness

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