Our Advent Calendar with a Kindness Scavenger Hunt

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.  

Crafting for a Cause: 5 Organizations That Need Your Help

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 Thai Videos that Leave You Crying Every Time!

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.

5 Creative Way to Bring More Kindness to the Home

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.

5 Lessons I Learned From Being a Parent that Helped Me Grow My Business

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.

Bringing Philanthropy to the Classroom

As a former teacher, I always wanted to teach my students more than just what came out of a textbook; what we had to teach them to do well on their state tests. I found myself spending hours each weekend trying to find local and national issues that I could speak about in the classroom and then after discussion offer my students teachable moments.

Join the Challenge

Summer is officially here. For many of us, that means time at the beach or pool, playing outside in the sprinkler, endless popsicles, staying up past bed time, and many fun times in the sun.  As a parent, we feel like summer break is our child’s reward for all of the hard work that they did during the school year. We love to watch them have well-deserved fun. In the midst of all of the summer activities, I find that sometimes the daily routines, structure, and rigid agendas, fall to the wayside. I sometimes have to remind my children to pick up their toys, say please and thank you, help our elderly neighbor bring in her trash.  

Welcome to the Giving Artfully Kids Blog

Welcome to the Giving Artfully Kids Blog.  We are so excited for your to be here.  A little bit about me and Giving Artfully Kids... I piloted our first Giving Artfully Kids during the Fall of 2014 when I have a parent friend ask me if I could start an after school program that uses crafting projects as a way to teach children about philanthropy and giving.  With a fellow mom friend and a list of charity crafting project, we embarked on this amazing journey.

Giving Artfully Kids - Teaching Children Kindness and Giving through Arts and Crafts

Today, in just a short time, we are making a presence in several schools and park district in the community.  Seeing the children embrace their newfound ability to help others, I wanted to spread this program outside our community.  Thus, the beginning of the Giving Artfully Kids program, where instructors from anywhere in the world, can become a Giving Artfully Kids Instructor and teach children that they have the power to make a difference.  We will not only provide the lesson plans, but also continued support on crafting questions, social issue discussion, and how to market & price the program.  The Giving Artfully Kids program can be part of the school day, after school program, summer camp or a one day workshop.

We want to use our blog to share different ides for charity crafting projects, share our experiences in the classroom and highlight our amazing instructors.  

Thank you for joining us on this journey and welcome to the Giving Artfully Kids community.

~ Sitinee Sheffert

Founder of Giving Artfully Kids