secret hearts

Thanks to Summer Break by big kids have had way too much time together and have been at each other’s throats…for like a whole week. Which is really four days more than I can handle! Not much tolerance over here. I had to do something and I had to do something fast!

The Problem

My 8-year-old and 5-year-old don’t trust each other. They always assume the other one is out to hurt them or get them in trouble (and they are generally right). They had no desire to treat each other with kindness let alone love and respect.

I’m pretty sure I treat them with love and respect and I know they see their father and me treat each other with respect. So where is this attitude coming from? Oh, wait. They are siblings.

The Solution

Quickly I cut hearts out of pink construction paper and “laminated” them with packing tape. For all you crafters reading this, I know that’s pretty pathetic. There are much cuter/better was to make reusable hearts but I just used what I had.

I distributed a few hearts to everyone and explained that now as a family we were going to find secret ways to serve each other. And when we did, the idea was to leave a “service heart” behind. If you received a service heart, you got to pass it alone in service to another family member.

The Results

The next day I walked into my bedroom to find a sloppily made bed and a pink heart resting on the bedspread! My sweet 5-year-old made my bed for me, fancy pillows and everything. I may or may not have cried a little.

heart of service

So, do you want to play along too?!

[ba-box background=”#FAF5F7″ border=”#ff6677″ textcolor=”#2E2C2C”]1-Make some cute little hearts for your own family (I’m sure you can do a much better job than I did).

2-Follow MOMentity on Instagram and Facebook.

3-Take pictures as your family leaves Hearts of Service around your house.

4-Upload the photo to Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag “heartofservice” (#heartofservice)[/ba-box]