By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Charity and the spirit of giving have been elevated to a new level following the recent Asian tsunami. After witnessing the horrific images of pain and suffering streaming steadily across their TV sets, more people than ever before have dipped deeper into their own pockets to offer needed relief to the survivors of this unprecedented tragedy.
Many parents are using the destruction delivered by the disaster as an opportunity to help children learn about charity and the importance of reaching out to others in their time of need. They have made generous family donations, often involving their children in picking out the charity, writing the check, and preparing and mailing the envelope. They have allowed their children to witness turning the pain and grief of unimaginable loss into a time of extending love and compassion to unknown people half way around the world.
Clearly the recent tsunami provides an opportune time to teach children about charity. But what if parents want lessons about charity to be more than a one time occurrence? What if they want the spirit of giving to be a way of life for their children? What if they want charity to become a habit?
To help your children acquire the habit of charity, consider implementing as a family the strategies which follow.
By implementing some of the ideas above or others like them, you will be teaching your children that charity is not reserved only for emergencies. You will be helping them appreciate that reaching out to others in need is a way of life, rather than a moment in time when a catastrophic disaster occurs. Remember, while you are giving to others, you are giving your children important messages about your beliefs concerning the spirit of giving.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose. They also publish a FREE email newsletter for parents and another for educators. Subscribe to them when you visit www.chickmoorman.com or www.thomashaller.com. Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children.
As the Thanksgiving Holiday draws near this week and I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and our family traditions I am reminded that THANKFULNESS takes the sting out of adversity. Let me explain.
Do you ever feel like the more you try to obtain happiness the easier it can slip from your grasp? The key is THANKFULNESS. God instructs us to give thanks for everything. (Ephesians 5:20)
Yet, there is an element of mystery in this matter of faith: We give God thanks (regardless of our feelings), and God gives us joy (regardless of our circumstances). (Psalm 118:1)
This simple spiritual transaction of obedience - blind obedience at times - can seem irrational. To thank God for our hardships, doubts, and difficult circumstances can seem impossible.
By being thankful, even though difficulties remain, we will be blessed as our thankfulness opens our hearts to God's presence in our lives. (Psalm 89:15)
We may still be in the same place with the same set of hardships, but amazingly we will begin to see our circumstances from God's perspective and begin to find the rest we are seeking from our burdens in His love. (Matthew 11:29-30)
Challenge: Who is the one person who you need to pick up the phone and call to tell them how thankful you are for them? Who is the one person you need to write or e-mail? How will you demonstrate to them that you are thankful and grateful for all they do for you and what they mean to you?
- Written by Jenny Fehn, Media Specialist
5. You'll support Camps Connect and its programs and services for children
Camps Connect rents its properties and facilities for groups to enjoy throughout the year and to support our mission of providing a summer camp experience for over 500 boys and girls each summer. Created as the joint venture between
Catholic Youth Organization Camps and St. Vincent DePaul Camps, Camps Connect makes a valuable impact on the quality of life for the children and families we serve.
4. You'll be active at camp
As concerns for our declining level of physical activity continue to climb in this culture of technological connectivity it is very important for children and adults alike to remain active. Physical activity can:
When your group is at camp you have every chance to be physically active. There are games to be played, hikes to take, adventure climbing, swimming, and so much more to discover.
3. You can deepen your communication skills
Through the community of a camp experience your group will practice many social skills. You'll build a sense of community by sharing a common living and dining space, as well as helping duties, and quality time. Throughout your time at camp you will experience cooperation with others, listen to others, and witness the value of honest communication.
2. You can unplug from technology
When you "unplug" at camp you'll receive the full benefits of a nature connection!
How long have you gone without playing or working with technology? Do you ever think you need a break from it all? Camp offers a place where you and your group can come, be unplugged, and experience real people, real emotions, real activities, and face to face communication. You'll remember that there is a lot to do outside of technology and a lot of great ways to connect with people through nature!
1. You'll be able to renew, refresh, and restore yourself for a better life!
During your time at camp your group will remember what its like to take a deep breath, find joy again, and feel the stress of life melt away. You can be renewed, refreshed, and restored to a better you!
At the end of August, CYO Boys Camp was the proud recipient of an Eagle Scout Project funded by the efforts of Alaric Gerstheimer-Seubert. Alaric, a Sacred Heart of Roseville Parish member, saw a special need at the Boys Camp and worked with his family, Boy Scout Troop 1419, and many supporters to raise funds and awareness for the project. Giving back to the community was a special component of his fundraising plan. Last February Alaric coordinated a Music and Comedy Concert to raise a majority of the funds needed for his Eagle Scout project.
We'd like to especially thank Alaric for choosing the Birchgrove area at the Boys Camp to receive this gift. The project included creation of permanent benches (each has it's own engraving) along with an altar and ambo. We would also like to thank his parents, Troop 1491 based in Roseville, and Sacred Heart Parish and community members for your support and help with the project. We love it and can't wait for the boys to use it next summer!
To learn more about our CYO Camps Summer Camp opportunities visit: www.CYOCamps.org
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