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.
We're just a few days into our Advent calendar and we decided to try something a little different to change it up this year. For the past few years, instead of small presents or chocolate each day, we have our children doing kindness acts for each other, family, neighbors and friends. Our kiddos look forward to this activity every year - and they love the newly added twist.
I want to share 5 great organizations that need your time and talents. They need volunteers to make handmade items. It is often assumed that most items needed are for knitters and crocheters. However, this list shows that crafting for a cause requires all different types of crafting skills. I picked organizations focusing on different social issues, ranging from helping the homeless to children in the hospital.
The holiday season is also a fantastic time to spread the cheer to others. It is an opportune time to get children involved and an excellent teaching moment on the importance kindness and showing empathy and compassion towards others.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, join us for the Giving Artfully Kid's Kindness Challenge to jumpstart the season of giving with your kids. Click here to join the challenge!
I am a sucker for feel-good, heart-warming, tear-jerker movies, TV shows, and even commercials. From the "I love you Daddy" last scene of The Little Mermaid, to Princess Mia allowing the children at the orphanage to walk the parade with her in The Princess Diaries to the Folger's Coffee commercial when the son returns from being deployed - TEARS. And all my husband can do is shake his head.
As a mom of 4, Giving Artfully Kids has been such a blessing to my family. Through my work, researching best methods on instilling kindness, compassion and empathy in children I have come across so many excellent parent tips and quotes. Here are a few of my favorite that have helped me grow as a parent.
This is definitely one of my favorite blog posts to write. To research the web and find some great stories of those selflessly helping others - it just brings a warm feeling to my heart.
Here are a few of our favorite kinds quotes from our Instagram account. I really love this part of my content research. It is a great exercise for me to do, especially on really busy or difficult days. It helps me re-center myself and focus on the important things in life - be kind, do good, and stay positive.
Does this sound familiar? Weekdays busy with work and children busy at school and then running from activity to activity. On weekends, instead of families relaxing, they are running from sports games to music lessons to dinner parties. Do you feel like in the midst of all this busyness, you are missing some much needed quality family time? As a mom of 4, I certainly fall into this category.
I started my own business when I was 4 months pregnant with my 4th child. When I tell people that, I get the look ~ the look of disbelief, the look that I must be crazy. How am I managing it all? First, I clearly defined my priorities: my first job is being a mom. My second job is running my business. Then, I took some key lessons I learned as a mom of 4 and applied it to running my company.
There are so many great stories about kindness and those helping others, that we wanted to start sharing them with you.