We always thought that it was very important to put our kids in situations early on in life where they could be of help to others. During my son’s 8th grade summer, he went to Honduras to work with an orphanage. It was important for him to make himself useful there but to also learn in a meaningful way that the cost of his Nike shoes was equivalent to what many people earn working over a month. Introducing to your children the power of helping others is one of the ways that you help develop those values. When kids are in 8th grade, they don’t have much say about what they are going to do with you their summer. It’s a very good time to expose them and to introduce them to some of these opportunities. We also went to church regularly as a family. The value has been more understanding that you are a part of humanity and your interaction with humanity has to be of a way that follows certain principles and values.
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