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Summer of Service

One of the best ways to teach your children to be service-oriented is to model the behavior for them. With that in mind, I created the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. It's easy, fun, and will make a big difference.
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Guest Post from Jyl Johnson Pattee:

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I recently wrote an article on about 10 tips for raising charitable, giving children and it got me thinking. One of the best ways to teach your children to be service-oriented is to model the behavior for them. With that in mind, I created the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. It's easy, fun, and will make a big difference.

The SOS Challenge

Make a meaningful difference this summer by taking the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here’s how:

Commit to do one act of kindness each week based on the week’s challenge.

Leave a comment on with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.

Grab the SOS button and put it on your blog or social networking site.

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Enter to win each week’s giveaway.

Join #gno to connect with other moms about the challenge.

The Giveaways

The fun part? Each week, a different company will be sponsoring the challenge and they come bearing gifts! You can enter to win one of the giveaway prizes every week.

Last Week’s Challenge: Make Some Music & Make a Difference

Week 1 included a Twitter Girl’s Night Out (#gno) with recording artist Diane Birch along with these music oriented ideas on how YOU can make a difference.

  • Teach your children your three favorite childhood songs. Perform them for others.
  • Play an instrument with your child or sign your child up for music lessons.
  • Share your musical talent(s) with others—to friends or family, over the phone or skype to loved ones that live far away, to strangers: at a nursing home or to a homeless person.
  • Dedicate a song on the radio, on Twitter, on Facebook, or on your blog to someone you care about.
  • Share the gift of music with someone by sending them an iTunes gift card, a CD, etc.
  • Find out your dad’s 10 favorite songs, download, and burn them onto a CD for him for Father’s day.
  • Send a loved one a letter/message with the words to a song that sums up your feelings for him/her.
  • Set a great tone in your home by playing music in the background.
  • Make up stories about classical music (or other wordless songs) and tell them to your children as the music is playing.
  • Dance with your children!

Go to to see the SOS Challenge for this week.


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