April 2009 Article
HAIN serves families in more ways than one… a mother’s perspective.
If you are reading this article, then you already know how much good HAIN does for families in need. I want to tell you a story of how HAIN helps my family in a rather unusual way.
I have two teenage daughters (and three sons), both lovely girls, artistic, kind and willing to serve. Every once in a while, however, one of them will make a rather bad choice and get into a bit of trouble. Now, I am not typically a “grounding” mom, because, that means, I am grounded too! My latest and greatest “motherly-training-tool” is community service based groundation. The teen is assigned a certain number of community service hours and are grounded until the hours are complete. Being as most negative choices a teenager will make are usually of the selfish kind, I figure that some community service is just the ticket to overcome a selfish nature.
Recently the 16 year old daughter made one of those opportunistic bad choices which landed her at the mercy of the mother. Service rocks. She had quite a few hours to work off and I told her it was perfectly ok for her to use her artistic abilities and help with some HAIN projects.
She spent two days working at the kitchen table painting memory boxes. I was able to spend quite a bit of that time sitting and making mother’s bracelets and painting memory boxes with her. Remember, this is a punishment, she is in trouble! But, what a great opportunity for the two of us to sit together, working on things for other people, having some great conversation. There was no contention, no negativity, it was a pleasant uplifting time spent with my daughter to build bonds and give service.
HAIN is such a blessing TO so many and IN so many different ways. I am a little excited for the 18 year old daughter to get home from work because we have some bracelets to make this afternoon. Isn’t grounding wonderful?