Make your next family birthday a celebration in giving! Everyone loves the opportunity to celebrate birthdays, but somehow, children's birthday parties feel so full of consumerism that both guests and birthday kids walk away with extreme cases of the "gimmes."
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.
Here’s a new idea for family night: storytelling. Stories encourage imagination, creativity and empathy. (They’re also a great way to share family history.) These printable story prompts will get you started
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.
Here’s a cozy concept that makes a real difference for kids in need. Organize a collection of pajamasto 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.
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.
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.
Do the children in your life have enough video games, plastic toys and gadgets? If they do, you have options for more thoughtful gifts this season. These ideas will not only make you a star gift-giver, but you’ll also be spreading charity, kindness and compassion.
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.
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.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people stood up to bullies? With these strategies, kids who witness bullying can play a powerful role in stopping it. Share these ideas with your child to help him or her become an “upstander” and help out when they see a classmate mistreated.
Don’t let learning be impeded by a simple lack of supplies. Donors Choose is a website where teachers can post what they most need in their classrooms--and you get to choose which project to support.
Research shows that children as young as 5 have negative stereotypes of elderly people, believing them to lack competence. But these same children are overwhelmingly positive about the older adults in their family. This shows that visiting with older adults can help children overcome any uneasiness they may have.
Encourage young bookworms to share their love of books. After reading an especially enjoyable library book, they can write a note of enthusiasm (or just a cheery message) and slip it into the book before returning it.
Emotional literacy is critical to helping manage stress and emotions. The first signs of this skill are 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.
Not surprisingly, one of the surest ways to instill eco-consciousness in children is to foster a love of nature. You don't have to travel to the Amazon rainforests to do it, either. Find a hiking path (woods or prairie), go for a canoe ride, or have a picnic.
QUICK ACTS OF KINDNESS
Eager to do some quick intentional acts of kindness with your children? Many parents find that Saturday morning is the perfect time to plot your activities.
Choose between our two bucket lists and make this summer legendary in your family for the kindness you put into the world. See how much you can check off as you firm up plans for sleepovers and barbecues.