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Martin Luther King Day and Service Starts at Home

Once upon a time, Peyton talked bout wanting to be paid for each nice thing he did in the family. Over time, as we have talked to him about community, family and shared visions, his thinking has changed. Now Peyton understands that he has responsibilities as a member of our family to work towards making our little community, our home a better place for us all.

It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen after just one or two conversations. Instead it took place gradually as a result of conversations, lessons taught while watching movies and praises for things well done. My son, my son, my golden one (I know it is a long nickname) has become a young man I am proud to call my own.

As a service to our family he does the following:

  • holds his sisters’ hands when we walk to the library for homework each afternoon
  • takes out the trash each evening
  • pushes the shopping cart home from the market
  • let’s his little sisters pick first on family movie night
  • shows genuine concern for the feelings and dreams of his family members
  • checks on his sister who is away at college

 

Now all these things may not sound much to a person whose service project is building a school in Haiti or who works at a soup kitchen once a year. But in our family, in our world the service that my son provides is a treasure beyond measure. Because service is a lifestyle for him, not a project he will be a good man. He will be a good husband to his wife and a good father to his children.  Those our things our family can celebrate all year-long.

 

 

It is fantastic to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King by celebrating the service your children do for the family. So, the question for you this fantastic day is how do your family members serve one another? If you have a story about a son who serves others, please add it and join the #VoicesForOurSons Link Up.

 

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26 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Day and Service Starts at Home”
  1. Great tips and messages for the entire family any time of the year. I love teaching my kids to be caring souls.

  2. I can only hope that my son learns good manners from his parents, my husband and I! I work with him daily.

  3. My kids all have their own familial responsibilities and each follows religiously. We start ours out early that way they know how to be responsible.

  4. That’s such a great lesson to teach your son. He sounds like a real gentleman.

  5. Wow! You are quite lucky. Your son sounds like an amazing man and I am sure he will someone great some day.

  6. I love this! Service certainly does begin at home and teaching charity at home is a great way to raise grateful and helpful children. 🙂

  7. Totally agree. Imagine how much more civilized the world would be if we all taught our children to find ways of being of service from a young age.

  8. I completely agree that many of MLK Jr’s principals should be taught at home if we expect any changes to take place.

  9. agree sometimes when a child comments you know exactly where their opinion comes from, you are like no kid would come up with that on their own.

  10. I love that your family starts the lesson of service at home! Serving others is a great lesson to take with you through out life.

  11. I love that you are focusing on service at home. I believe in that. Although my daughter is only 2, she is a little helper be and I believe this is a strong foundation for a life of service for her. When she whips out her little vacuum or broom to help, my heart smiles!

  12. The act of serving truly does start from home. I believe it’s those small lessons at home that will make a much larger impact in the children’s future.

  13. I love the idea of emphasizing service. I have teens and they can be so self centered, they need reminders about other’s needs.

  14. Great post – we did a whole Martin Luther King Jr. lesson last week in our homeschooling. it is super important to teach kids young.

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