What Happened When My Child Was Hurt by the Mean Kid

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/

Celebrate Spring by Spreading Kindness

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/

Our Favorite Kindness Books for Kids

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

FREE WORKSHOP: Pathway to Giving: Helping Kids Experience the Joy of Spreading Kindness

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!  

5 Parenting Tips ~ Lessons from a Mom of 5

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.

40 Acts of Kindness for Kids

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.