I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Scary Mommy! I was hesitant to share this post because it was so personal. I was afraid of my daughter's reaction. So before submitting to Scary Mommy, I had her read my post. I told her if she didn't want it shared, I would just keep the post between us. She read it, digested it, and said that she thought it was an important message that other needed to read. She knows others will go through the same pain she did and how we handled the situation helped her learn and grow from this encounter. Check out the post at http://www.scarymommy.com/help-child-confront-mean-kid/
Spring is in the air -- well almost. We're hit with a very cold spring in the midwest, but that doesn't mean we can't get out of the house and spread some kindness to the community. I'm excited to be a guest blogger for Teach, Workout, Love. In this post, I shared 5 ways to celebrate spring by spreading kindness. You can read the blog post at https://www.teachworkoutlove.com/5-ways-to-celebrate-spring-by-spreading-kindness/
Especially in today's day and age, it is important to instill the importance of kindness, compassion, and empathy. I am excited to be a guest blogger on Mixed Bag Mama, where I shared some of our favorite books that we use in our Giving Artfully Kids. These books have been a great resource to start the conversation about being kind and help our students get into the mindset of giving and helping others. You can check out the blog at http://mixedbagmama2013.blogspot.com/2018/03/our-favorite-books-to-teach-kids-about.html
It started as an idea and now it's coming to fruition! What started as an idea from a friend has now launched into a movement where kids are actively finding ways to spread kindness and help others as well asparents and teachers earning extra income as they inspire kids to make a difference!
To continue the spirit of giving, I wanted to challenge you to help us achieve 2,018 Random Acts of Kindness this year. The challenge is simple - let's spread kindness to our communities and see the difference and impact we are making in other people's lives.
Being a parent has been the most rewarding, yet toughest thing I have done. When the kids are young, the physical exhaustion gets you, however, as they get older, it is the mental exhaustion. Having five beautiful children ranging from 3 months to 11 years, my husband and I have experienced a vast array of parenting wins and struggles (and we still have yet reached the teenage years!) Here are 5 of our favorite tips/quotes that have guided through our years as parents.
With December just around the corner, let's end the year with an influx of kindness acts! And more importantly, we need to do this with our kids! The timing is perfect - 'Tis the season of giving'!
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season just around the corner, it is the perfect time for us to remind our kids about the importance of gratitude. In this 3 part series, we have scoured the web looking for the best activities and books to help encourage our kids to be more thankful.
There's a buzz going around about a program called Giving Artfully Kids. Parents are getting excited to see that week after week; children are inspired to continue to help others and spread kindness. But what exactly is Giving Artfully Kids and why should you get involved?
We gathered some of our favorite kindness quotes as a reminder that we always need to be kind to each other. Whether it is with family members, our community or strangers, even the smallest acts can have the biggest impact. We also put together a 1-Page PDF Download that you can hang up around the home, office or classroom to continue encouraging kindness throughout.
Kindness, giving, gratitude and respect - all great values we want to instill in our kids. But sometimes, we try to think of some extravagant way to show them how they can make a difference in someone's life. We forget that it's the simple things, the smallest acts that can make the biggest difference.
School is out and summer is here! Let's make it an impactful summer and have your child join us for a Giving Artfully Kids SUMMER ADVENTURE IN PHILANTHROPY!
After scouring Pinterest for hours, I finally found the perfect project for my students to finish in less than an hour. These DIY Coasters are not only functional but also so fun for kids to be creative and add their personal touches about how they feel about their mom.
But through all the emotional confusion, I did find clarity in one area. I knew that there were some fundamental moral values that I needed to teach my children. Principles that I believe are crucial to being a genuine, kind-hearted, respectable human being.
I had the incredible experience of being a TEDx speaker with my dear friend Margaret Combs. We had the opportunity to share our story about empowering children to make a difference by teaching them the importance of giving to others through crafting.
As a parent being on the receiving on of this great love, I want my kids to share this love and kindness beyond our house. I want them to see that their small acts of kindness can touch so many people beyond our family. It's through these simple actions that we can start showing children they have the ability to make a difference in other people's lives.
The Giving Artfully Kids Membership gives you a monthly step-by-step lesson plan to teach children about kindness and giving through crafting. These projects show children how they have the power to change the world through kindness and giving.
How to Build a Generation of Kindness - join us as we provide research about the importance of kindness and ways to teach kindness and giving to the next generation.
The 5 Pillars of Giving - It is a pathway, or a journey students will take in order to help build the foundation for a lifetime of giving. Join our Challenge as we give you fun and meaningful activities to help instill the foundation of giving.
One of my favorite projects with my Giving Artfully Kids students is Blessing Bags for the homeless. Blessing bags are simply Ziploc bags filled with basic necessities, such as soaps, shampoos, and granola bars. We then have children, along with their parents to disperse the bags to someone in their community that could use it.