A Great Way to Spend a Half-Birthday
• "My daughter, who is three, has her half birthday on December 16. In an effort to try to teach her about giving and doing for others, I tell her that on her birthday (in June) she gets gifts. So, on her half birthday she should do the giving. So each year on Dec. 16 we do something for someone else. This year we will choose a name from a local giving tree for foster children, and she and I will purchase a gift for the child and return it to the giving tree."
~ Parent Soup member snoooze
Giving a Different Kind of Gift
• "Another way of giving back is by not spending money on a lot of gifts and not creating more garbage. I am a single mom with a 7-year-old son who has way too much stuff. I've told all my friends that I don't want toys or books for him for Christmas. What I want are coupons or promised to take him fishing, take him to the movies (and give Mommy a night out), take him to the circus, take him to feed the ducks, etc. There are lots of other alternative gifts. Just use your imagination!"
~ Parent Soup member Ruby91
A Family That's Gone to the Dogs
• "I have taken our children (ages 8, 11, 13) many times to volunteer at the Humane Society. I walk the dogs while the kids play with the kittens and puppies. The older children walk some of the smaller dogs. We have been told that this really makes the animals more adoptable because they become more socialized. And the kids love going there!"
~ Parent Soup member susir57