Growing for the Greater Good

I was thrilled to learn about a national nonprofit called Katie's Krops. Based in South Carolina, Katie's Krops provide funding, education, and support to young people across the country to start their own gardens to feed those in need. It's an ideal project for families because it builds leadership skills in kids, connects young people to their community and their planet, and involves families in a fun, meaningful activity that improves lives.

10 Super Simple Ways to Focus on Others During the Holidays

This season of wish lists and cookie-making is also a perfect time to start a tradition centered on gratitude and giving. Try introducing an activity that sparks compassion and empathy in your children and helps them celebrate what they already have. Doing something for the greater good will make your family feel good -- and make the world a better place, too.

From Consumption to Contribution

Advertising to children is big business, amounting to more than $15 billion annually. The average child sees 100 commercials a day. As a result, we are seeing unhealthy diets (due in part to all the fast-food ads), less time spent outside or doing art, increased anxiety and depression, and a disturbing sense of entitlement and greed. As helpless as parents may feel, we can counter this well-funded onslaught with the ideas listed here.

Creating Traditions of Giving

Advertising to children is big business, amounting to more than $15 billion annually. The average child sees 100 commercials a day. As a result, we are seeing unhealthy diets (due in part to all the fast-food ads), less time spent outside or doing art, increased anxiety and depression, and a disturbing sense of entitlement and greed. As helpless as parents may feel, we can counter this well-funded onslaught with the ideas listed here.