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Making Sandwiches For the Community

Lil Tip: Making Sandwiches

One of the worst crimes I ever committed was smart talking to my parents in front of their very proper friends. As part of my punishment, my mom dragged me to church every Wednesday night for a month to make sandwiches for the homeless. Kicking and screaming at first, I quickly started to enjoy the bonding time with my mama and learned a couple of things:

  • Don't disrespect your parents — whether their friends are present or not.
  • Volunteering can be fun and rewarding.

After serving my time, my mom and I continued to make bologna sandwiches on Wednesday evenings. My mother, now a Sunday school teacher, gathers her class once a month to make 50 bagged lunches and then drops them off to people in need. It is a quick and easy example to set for your children, and chances are, they will love to help you spread the mayo and mustard onto to those slices of bread.


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LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I see both sides of the coin here, but I do think that while it was an unpleasant experience for you at first, I'm glad it turned out to show you that it was a good thing!
eatingcookies eatingcookies 8 years
I have mixed feelings about volunteering or public service as a punishment, but I will say this: exposure to caring for others instead of yourself in any form can be a good thing, and it obviously worked out for the best in THIS situation.
nikkisearcy nikkisearcy 8 years
I think it is a great punishment, babysugar I think your mom sees past what these women see, she knew that she would teach you something valuable as well as reiterate how you are to speak to adults. it's a win win situation, a punishment that actually worked, now those are hard to come by.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I agree, Renee. I've never seen volunteering as punishment, and I'd never present it that way to my children. Talk about setting them up for not wanting to give later in life, they'd associate with them having done something wrong. I'm glad the title changed, it brings a totally new and positive tone to the post, focusing on the good advice.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I do NOT think volunteering is punishment and it saddens me that people do. I always find it a rewarding experience, from feeding the homeless to just helping someone out. But I think this post is a great reminder to teach our children how wonderful volunteering can be
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
lol volunteering -- aka. working for free -- IS punishment. unless you're using it to build your resume, but that's a benefit so it's kind of a "payment".
facin8me facin8me 8 years
The original title of this post was "Lil Tip: Punishment Through Making Sandwiches." I think it's cute that you've changed the name of this post to take the emphasis off how ridiculous it is to use volunteering as a punishment for sass. If the whole point was that something as small as making sandwiches can teach your child a valuable lesson, why drag it down by connecting it with such nonsense?
babysugar babysugar 8 years
Yes, facin8me, volunteering in general is the lesson. My mom always taught me to volunteer but the sandwich making was just one form of it and it paid off in more ways than one. But the whole point is that doing something as small as making sandwiches can teach your tot a valuable lesson - punishment or not.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
Shouldn't you take your kids to volunteer because it's the right thing to do? I think using a volunteer project as a punishment is a horrible idea.
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