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.
When there’s barely enough money in the house for food, buying a book for a child is next to impossible. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty, give you the child’s name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her a new book each month.
Today we all worry about raising an entitled kid. Researchers have found that practicing gratitude can help guard against this. Creating a gratitude garden together can remind your family of all they have to appreciate.
Mindfulness is not just for grownups! Studies show it can reduce stress, calm emotions and lead to compassion, and you can introduce this important practice to your children with a simple four-step exercise. Ring a bell, have your kids take a deep breath, listen closely, and raise their hand when they no longer hear the sound.
Many homeless shelters give out sandwiches to guests when they leave in the morning to ensure they have a healthy lunch. You can keep shelters well supplied by starting your own sandwich brigade.
Go beyond Valentine’s Day and transform all of February into a month of generosity. Our Valentine Kindness Challenge gives you 28 ways to practice spreading love with your children.
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.