We’ve come to expect a few things when volunteering with our kids, and just in case your family is thinking about serving more in your community this year, consider this a heads-up:
Expect your kids to lick their fingers when baking treats for people who are sick.
Expect your daughter to tell other volunteering families long-winded stories about the kid at school who drinks Mountain Dew for breakfast, throws tiny bits of erasers, and mumbles curse words all day in class. Then, despite you giving your best evil eye, expect your daughter to toss out edited examples of the above mentioned curse words, “Well, he says the a-word, the d-word, the h-word…”.
Expect your child to give thirty cents even when you deem it inappropriate.
Expect your girl to repeatedly ask the pouty teenager who is also volunteering, “So, what exactly is required community service?”
Expect your heart to swell.
Expect your child to climb into a giant cardboard box and discuss loudly how terrible it is that people never donate fruit.
Expect your daughter and her friends to wear scarves in ninety-degree weather to sell lemonade for a cause.
Expect pajama clad kids to make you feel guilty for thinking all they care about is the Wii.
Expect your kids to change.
Expect your family to change.
Question for you: Any fun and silly things you’ve come to expect from your children lately?
Linking with Jen and the girls.