We all experience setbacks, big and small. But when parents view life’s inevitable setbacks as opportunities rather than as things to be avoided, kids will be more willing to take on new challenges and will develop the strength to cope.
Along with brushing your teeth first thing, brush up on kindness. Launch your day with a generous spirit by weaving some of these simple practices into your morning routine.
Remember fold-up “fortune tellers”? Then you’ll enjoy making these fun origami fortune tellers that are filled with kindness activities. They are perfect for play dates, road trips or enlivening wait times.
Children love stories from their family history. They make us feel special, connected and centered in the world. To make sure these stories aren’t lost, brainstorm questions your kids can ask their grandparents. If they’re old enough, kids can do interviews and write down the answers. Or write the questions in blank journals and encourage their grandparents to write out their answers.
Your child will get an easy introduction to the value of charitable giving when you create a “giving box” together. Start with a coffee can, shoebox or other container. Decorate it and then decide which “event” merits a few pennies in the box.
Settle in for a day of coloring, then use your children’s handiwork to spread some happiness. Color A Smile collects crayon drawings from schoolchildren and distributes them to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels programs, our troops and more. The goal is to make people smile!
Inspire passersby with chalk. Purchase some sidewalk chalk. Then draw bright, colorful pictures -- or write happy quotes. Some examples: Think happy, be happy. Be silly, be honest, be kind. A kind word is like a spring day. Kind people are the best kind of people. Always be kinder than necessary.
Share a treat with feathered friends in your own backyard and keep them coming back. Make these fun birdseed cookies, then hang them on a tree viewable from a window in your home.
Free Rice is an irresistible online vocabulary game for all skill levels. With every correct answer, players earn grains of rice that are donated through the World Food Programme.
Have the family brainstorm ways to promote peace. Write or illustrate each idea on a 3" x 3" square piece of paper. Then tape them together to create a beautiful paper quilt.
Let your local parent organization know about Family Service Fairs (FSF), DGT™'s fun, meaningful kindness events. Our tools will help your school host this “introduction to giving” that focuses around 6 to 8 "booths" or "stations," each one offering an easy service project for families to complete on the spot.
Your family can help combat global poverty -- and begin great discussions about world issues – by donating $25 to Kiva. The money goes toward a “microfinance” loan to small entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Is your child passionate about a cause? Tap into our Fun Fundraiser projects and inspire him or her to rally others to make a difference with their dollars.
Help families living in poverty by sending seeds to start their own garden--everything from beets to strawberries. This fun project, sponsored by Family-to-Family, gives struggling families a sustainable source of healthy food.
Emotional literacy is …[say how/why it’s important to success in life?] The first sign of this skill is when children can name their own feelings--and then understand the feelings of others. Our Feelings Word Search is a fun way to explore emotion words with your children.
Keep the art of letter writing alive! Children love getting and receiving mail, and you can make it easy by setting up a kindness-centered mail station. Our instructions include addresses of organizations that send along children’s notes and artwork to those in need.
Even without volunteering, there are ways to encourage your child to celebrate human differences and give messages that contradict stereotypes. Read children's books with characters from other cultures and talk to your kids about what they see.
Tap your children’s love of collecting and sorting to assemble a “birthday in a box” for a child in need. Fill a box or bag with fun items that will be used to create a birthday party, including cake fixings and small gifts.
Get extra mileage out of mealtimes, whether eating at home or out. The secret is these printable placemats, which contain prompts to inspire meaningful conversations.