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proud mommy moment

January 20th, 2016 at 08:31 pm

Tonight my 5 (soon to be 6...counting down the days till monday) kiddo and I went and volunteered for the first time since moving. Before we moved we would volunteer at the food bank in town and we did an organization that threw birthday parties at shelters for kids. Well tonight we went to another shelter and helped host another birthday party for the kids at the shelter. I usually take my 3 year old but my DH suggested we check this out before committing regularly with my 3 year old.

It was a great party and my kiddo did AWESOME. I think she's matured a lot and really developed into a thoughtful kid. She understood why kids were there and really got into helping and running games and handing out gift bags. In the car we discussed how the children living were without homes and probably without money to have their own party like the one we're throwing for her. It really hit home and she asked if we could donate some of her money to the organization to buy cakes or ice cream (we donated the cake and ice cream this month). She earns money by doing chores and homework and knows she's getting some for her birthday.

I had a tear in my eye as I write this. I am sure everyone reading this understands how hard it is to be financially responsible. But how much harder it is to be a parent and raise a both a financially responsible child with empathy. To know that I'm trying to raise my kids with and understanding of how privileged and affluent we are. How we have so much more than so many others and that we are so fortunate. Trying to be "frugal" yet sharing what we have with those who have less.

It's a really delicate balancing act. Coming from a less privileged background I really worry about my kids having too much. That they'll just lose appreciation for anything.

Tonight really helped me feel proud. That I think perhaps I'm doing something right. A moment in the torture that is parenting.

8 Responses to “proud mommy moment”

  1. Carol Says:

    For five, soon to be six, you surely are doing something right. A child who has a good heart so young, will have it for life, I think. How wonderful!

  2. snafu Says:

    Thank you for teaching the value of sharing. It's very difficult to teach ego centred nearly 6 y/o such a huge concept.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    You are doing it right!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    You should be proud! Raising a compassionate child is a great accomplishment.

  5. pjmama Says:

    How touching. Great job, mama!

  6. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Thanks.

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Great child; great parent.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is so sweet of your little one. Smile

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