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?
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.
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!