We're a lucky family, sure sometimes we might not have all that others have and sometimes that might make us feel less appreciative of what we do have so I thought that it might be worthwhile doing a chore for our local neighbourhood to remind us just how lucky we are.
I thought about what we could do for a few days.
At first I thought we could weed some of our neighbours gardens, but I find it hard enough keeping my garden weeded and looking tidy. I thought we could bake cakes for our neighbours, but with so many different food allergies and intolerances in my family I know that our neighbours could suffer the same and so thought we'd have to think of something else. Then I remembered on our walks recently there has been a fair amount of rubbish in hedges and along the paths.
So, we decided to go for a walk wearing gloves and carrying bin bags.
I had warned the children before we set off that they shouldn't pick up glass or anything dodgy looking and if they saw it they should tell me and that we'd just pick up the obvious pieces of rubbish, we weren't going to be crawling through bushes!
We were really pleased as we had a great walk and we picked up a the rubbish that otherwise would have spoilt the view for someone else having a walk.
When we got home the children were thrilled with the difference they had made to the community. We talked about why people litter, why people shouldn't litter and what they should do if they had litter to dispose of and there was no bin near by.
I hope that this family home evening has helped my children just a little bit to be better citizens and maybe like me they won't be a litter bug.