In 2005, my family and I endured a life changing event…..Hurricane Katrina. In the months that followed the Storm, we were recipients of many random acts of kindness and selflessness. While I never expected to be on the receiving end of such generosity, we quickly learned humility and said a million “thank yous” to strangers, family and friends.
One thing we vowed to do was to make sure our children (our daughter was only 6 months old at the time) knew what had been done for us and the importance of paying it forward. While my kids are still young, we do talk about what we can do to help others and how lucky we are to have gotten back on our feet. We explain that many families are not as fortunate and may not even have the basic necessities of life such as a hot meal, a warm bed or a hug from a friend. It is important to my husband and I that our kids are raised with a loving and generous heart.
How can your family give back? Why not take the opportunity to brainstorm with your children and listen to their ideas on how they can make a difference in their community? Has your family already participated in good deeds in your neighborhood, your school or your City? Your actions could win your family the honor of being the 2011 Family of the Year sponsored by Got Milk?!
Nominate your family or one that has made a difference in your life or the lives of others and they could win a trip to NYC and a feature in Parent and Child Magazine! Need inspiration? Read the incredible story of the 2010 winners, The Clifford Family! The contest closes on March 15th, so check out the details and requirements for participation. Good Luck!