"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Everyday Parenting Deeds

I do believe most people perform charitable deeds as part of their daily routine. Perhaps we too often overlook these. Then again, are they charitable deeds if they're expected of us? If a doctor saves a life, is that simply her job? Today I didn't manage to do anything super special. Nothing out of the ordinary. Instead, all the deeds I can recall have to do with mothering - holding open doors for my children, helping them dress (then dress again and again at a children's museum), spending time with my children and, at times, giving them my full attention.

The project:
Being an attentive parent.

Most of the day.

Why bother?
We have always said we wanted to raise our own children. We like to believe that children need special attention in their early years. (Plus, it's fun to be with our kids, most of the time.)

Worth it?

1 comment:

  1. I have been a member of this organization since October of last year. It's FULL of stories of Random Acts of Kindness. I thought it would match well with your goal for this year of the 'charity' mentality.


    Just a thought for you to explore.


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