As parents, we hope to provide our children with experiences that prepare them for the world. We do our best to make sure that they are thriving academically, socially, emotionally and physically. We check in with teachers, help with schoolwork, make play dates, cart to birthday parties, sports events, sign up to be classroom readers, and then, critique ourselves, and focus on the things that we have neglected to do to make our children happy, whole and prepared for the future.
Sound familiar? It does to us.
Despite our best efforts to complete our bucket list of fabulous to do's with our children, no matter what, we were always falling short. We both had wonderful ideas about how we would do community service with our kids once a month, send cards to grandparents bi-weekly, have family dinner and game nights and so forth. Sadly, our plans rarely came to fruition, and instead of feeling proud of the things we were doing, we continued to add to the list of Shouldas.
And then, it came to us. It was the small moments in life that ended up shaping us the most. We realized that we could teach and empower our children to serve others without even leaving our homes. This "aha moment," created what is now Project Tie-Dye.
We all want our children to be happy and whole and research shows that giving back and connecting with others is one of the most effective ways to raise confident, balanced and emotionally strong adults.
So instead of blocking off a weekend, all you need is an hour or two, either around the dinner table, between sporting events, or during an afternoon with grandparents, to connect with each other and put good in to the world together. We make it simple, keep it fun, and we bring it full circle, sharing with you the impact your generosity has made.
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"Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda" by Shel Silverstein