The Saturday before Thanksgiving is national Family Volunteer Day, which celebrates the power of families to make a difference close to home. It's the perfect opportunity to start your family's giving habit or inaugurate a fun giving tradition.
Empathy and emotional intelligence are critical characteristics of successful learners. What's more, service to others helps your child gain skills and confidence. Here are a few of our favorite projects for growing your child's heart -- and brain.
You place a high value on caring and compassion. But are your kids getting the message? ...Researchers found that most children in middle school and high school value personal success (achievement and happiness) over concern for others, and they say their parents and teachers do, too.
Service to others doesn't have to involve strangers or traditional volunteering. In fact, when teaching small children the value of empathy and caring, you'll often get further if you start with familiar people and places.
As you introduce your children to the big concepts of kindness and caring, you'll get further if you can link these ideas to everyday activities, or to projects that reflect your youngster's passions. For many children, that passion is animals.
Spring brings light, optimism and lots of opportunities to bring joy to others. In that spirit, we offer some of our favorite spring-themed kindness projects. So gather your kids and spend a few minutes being helpful during this most hopeful of seasons.
Giving Circles make for fun and effective philanthropy, whether you have $5 or $500 to give. The idea is that individuals pool funds, then decide as a group where to donate. By creating a Family Giving Circle, you can use this same concept to teach your children about charitable giving. They'll love having a big say in donation decisions and will learn firsthand about this crucial way of sharing.
How can you best support your child's passion for change? Here are some tips for guiding and sustaining your child's selfless impulses.Also see our suggestions for Valentine's Day gifts for all the loved ones on your list.
If creating a tradition of family service is a New Year's resolution for you, we can help you get started. Volunteering and practicing kindness with your family can be powerful ways to teach your children compassion, tolerance and community responsibility.