A HAND UP

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. First your family can read the stories of those seeking assistance and pick whom you will lend to.

MINDFULNESS MADE EASY

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.