If you’d like to make giving back a habit, consider “adopting” your local food pantry. First decorate a grocery box with fun art supplies and place it in your kitchen. Then, each time you go grocery shopping, pick out one or two extra items for the box.
Your child may be hearing about refugees and want to help. Befriending a refugee family in your community can take many forms -- an airport welcome, picking up donations of furniture, or a tour of your town.
The time to begin the conversation about honesty and integrity at school (and in life) is when your child is in elementary school, before widespread cheating becomes an issue.
Helping animals is a surefire way to get your child excited about doing good. You can help rescued dogs by creating simple chew toys from leftover fleece strips. We provide the simple instructions for this (and for cat toys made with crew socks).
Here’s a cozy concept that makes a real difference for kids in need. Organize a collection of pajamas to be donated to children struggling with poverty, or living in homeless shelters or foster care.
Here’s a delicious way to spread kindness. Next time you bake, make a little extra to share with a friend or neighbor in need of cheer. Or drop off your goodies at a fire or police station as a “thank you” to our first responders. Also consider sharing your homemade treats with the grateful folks in nursing homes, shelters and food pantries.
Family life can get busy, and it's easy to slip out of contact with long-distance relatives. Make an effort to stay in touch by offering an unexpected phone call or video chat.
Every November, many generous-hearted families make it a tradition to sponsor a child (or family) for gift giving during the holiday season. Numerous agencies are ready with opportunities to do just that.
Use your child’s screen time to practice etiquette! We've all been frustrated by people talking on cell phones during dinner or a movie, blocking our view by taking videos of a school concert, or texting while driving.
This simple, month-long project takes only minutes a day, but offers powerful lessons on poverty and hunger. It also makes children aware of--and grateful for--all they have.
Maybe you’ve noticed those cute, house-shaped mini-libraries dotting the neighborhoods. Little Free Libraries hold books to share, and in the process build community and encourage literacy.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people stood up to bullies? With these strategies, kids who witness bullying can play a powerful role in stopping it. Share these ideas with your child to help him or her become an “upstander” and help out when they see a classmate being mistreated.
Don’t let learning be impeded by a simple lack of supplies. Donors Choose is a website where teachers can post what they most need in their classrooms--and you get to choose which project to support.
Katie’s Krops is a national nonprofit started by a 9-year-old with a dream to feed the hungry. Her organization empowers youth to start “giving gardens.” The produce grown is donated to a local food pantry, homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
Eager to do some quick intentional acts of kindness with your children? Many parents find that Saturday morning is the perfect time to plot your activities.
A well-read group called Operation Paperback sends gently used books to military families, veterans, and soldiers serving abroad. You can help!
Not surprisingly, one of the surest ways to instill eco-consciousness in children is to foster a love of nature. You don't have to travel to the Amazon rainforests to do it, either. Find a hiking path (woods or prairie), go for a canoe ride, or have a picnic.
Encourage young bookworms to share their love of books. After reading an especially enjoyable library book, they can write a note of enthusiasm (or just a cheery message) and slip it into the book before returning it. You can write your notes on Post-its or on cut-out paper hearts.
See how much you can check off as you firm up plans for sleepovers and barbeques. Spending part of your summer on kindness will encourage your children to keep caring and compassion in their regular routine, in school and out.
How does your garden grow? If it thrives, pick a row and donate the bounty from that row to a friend or neighbor in need. If you’d like, attach a card saying, “From the garden of ___” or “Fresh to you! Enjoy!”