I also want to instill in my children a legacy of service. I believe it is an essential element to building self-esteem. I listened to an inspiring audio recording in the car last week, Raising Amazing Children by Matthew Kelly. He emphasized the importance of teaching children to serve others and how this has an impact on self-esteem.
At this busy point in my life, I can't make big time commitments to serve others, but I can serve others in small ways in my daily life. I can make a meal for a new Mom, watch a friend's child for an hour, or even help an elderly neighbor with his groceries. Children are always watching and learning and modeling. I want my children to observe me helping others and grow up with sense of responsibility to serve others too. As they grow older and can volunteer in a much larger capacity, I think it will be a positive in their self-esteem development.
What could be more beautiful than a legacy of love and service?