To foster doing good deeds and get outside as a family, we recently delivered homemade sweet treats to the people ice fishing on Lake Superior. We bagged up oatmeal chocolate-chip bars, bundled up ourselves, and headed out on the frozen lake.
This small act of kindness on a sunny and brisk winter afternoon brought smiles to the faces of people we did not know.
It boosted our happiness as well. Giving feels good.
We also learned that generosity is contagious. One ice fisher gave Daley and Finley cookies from his own stash. The kids were thrilled with this unexpected treat.
As you can tell from the pictures above, the kids were curious about each of the fish houses. The residents graciously gave “tours” and answered all of the kids’ questions, like “Why haven’t you caught any fish?”
Brightening another person’s day by doing something nice made us feel more connected to humanity, Duluth’s amazing natural environment, and each other as a family.
All that from one simple, yet powerful, act of kindness.
Other ways to teach children the importance of social contributions is through organized volunteer opportunities. You might enjoy reading about a few opportunities in the area in which you can give back to our community and get outside together as a family.
What good deeds do you do as a family? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!