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.
Looking for a fun project for your family or a group of families to dig into? Buy cost-effective bulk quantities of pinto beans and/or rice and a bunch of plastic bags, and then create family-size portions to be distributed to low-income families.
Summer means lemonade stands on the neighborhood street corner. This year, give this summertime tradition a twist. By donating your profits, the project can teach your young ones the joy of helping others.
Take a walk and clear litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your neighborhood. Be sure to take the necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely.
Scavenger hunts can lay the groundwork for a lifelong respect for nature. Invent a hunt for your favorite nature walk and help your family discover flora and fauna they never imagined. Our scavenger hunt list can get you started.
Celebrate May Day by making a super-easy basket to deliver goodies on May 1st. This lovely tradition is a thoughtful way to spread kindness to neighbors and friends. Follow these instructions for making and decorating your basket.
Want to spend time with your family doing something fun, meaningful – and that makes a difference for others? Volunteer together! Don’t know where to find an opportunity? If you live in one of the six cities where DGT has a listing, simply subscribe, and get a description of 5-10 family-friendly opportunities in your inbox each month
Looking for a way to spend time with your family that supports a good cause -- and gets your heart pumping? Sign up for a walk, run or bike ride to raise money and awareness. To zero in on a topic, think about whether you have a friend or family member struggling with a serious health issue, and champion that.
For 30 years, Books for Africa has been collecting, sorting and distributing books to students in Africa. You can help by gathering the old fiction, reference books and textbooks sitting neglected in your basement. Ask family and friends to contribute books, too.
Spend the next month reinvigorating your intentional family kindness practice by trying our 30-Day Kindness Challenge. It’s a month’s worth of ideas that encourages families to engage in one small kindness activity a day. If April is looking busy, save it for a different month.
With American soldiers being deployed in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War, there are many brave men and women who can use our support. Several organizations make it easy to send letters of thanks to currently serving and veteran soldiers, along with care packages, books, DVDs and other nice-to-haves.
If your playroom can pass for an art supply store, use those supplies to decorate some plain brown lunch bags for Meals on Wheels. This organization will fill the bags with the meals they deliver to seniors, and the bags will fill their day with good cheer.
Bake some yummy treats for your dog -- or your friends’ or neighbors’ pets! Or donate a batch of dog biscuits to your local animal rescue group. Use this simple recipe.
Ever wish birthdays came more than once a year? This project may help. Gather friends to fill birthday bags, which parents living in poverty can give to their children on their special day. Ask each friend to bring about 20 small, inexpensive, new toys for kids ages 3-12, and have someone supply gift bags and ribbon.
When children speak up about issues they feel strongly about, they learn about being confident, engaged citizens. To make it easy, put contact information for your elected officials (including a photo) in a prominent place, like the refrigerator.
Here’s a fun way to celebrate the day of love. Decorate a clean white ceramic plate with permanent markers. Write a verse around the rim (like the fun poem below).