This week we are honored to welcome a guest post by Heather Von St. James. Heather is a 12-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and activist. Heather's experience as a parent and an advocate offers incredible lessons in resilient, big-hearted parenting.
Borba's latest book Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World is essential reading for big-hearted parents everywhere. While you wait for your copy to arrive, allow me to share highlights from my recent conversation with Michelle Borba herself.
The incivility of this heated political climate requires parents to cultivate compassion as strategically as the campaigns unravel it. This is the time to share with your children all the reasons kindness and respect are so essential; to discuss the challenge (and critical importance) of being an “upstander” in the face of offensive speech; and to exalt the power of every individual (even very small ones) to bring about positive change.
In this guest post over at My Little Poppies, you'll find fresh service ideas and an important message: academic success and kindness are not mutually exclusive (despite popular opinion).
Volunteer vacations are for families that are looking for an experience that is more than just traveling; a chance to really learn about another culture, get to know the community, and leave the experience with a new global perspective and new friends.
Reading about someone else's experiences, especially when the person is someone you treasure, builds a sense of empathy and a deeper understanding of that person as an individual.