Last year, we adopted an angel tree recipient named Bianca. I purposely chose a girl who was close to my daughter's age in case it might help A to identify with Bianca in some way. Well, I am embarrassed to admit it, but my kid did not lose any sleep over Bianca's plight. There was no real empathy, no mi casa, su casa action.
So, I think I should try a new tactic this year. I think maybe I should let her choose a charitable endeavor on her own. I sat down with her this afternoon and suggested that she should think about donating part of her allowance to a charity. She gave me an odd look.
"Yes," I said. "You know . . . do something nice for, or give a little donation to, someone you don't know. A stranger."
She looked even more confused now. "A stranger? Well, we don't know the people in that one house down the street. I guess I could give them some money."
"Oh, I didn't mean to pick a random . . . hey, let's talk about this later, okay?
I don't know. I don't feel like a charitable act should be something that's forced. Charity shouldn't be limited to the holidays either, of course. What's a mom to do?
|At the holiday parade with her pop|