Talking to your kids about immigrant families being separated at our border is complex and scary. The goal of this week’s activity is for kids to write letters to our government. This requires a conversation (several, in fact) about government, immigration, and advocacy. It’s a lot for little brains to handle, but done right you can watch your kids become activists right before your eyes.
The saying of "Don't Talk To Strangers" is one I've held on too and say often to my kids. The problem with this is this statement is the epitome of implicit bias. I have unknowingly and unintentionally been sowing seeds of implicit bias in my kids. I’ve also censored my son’s true colors by not allowing him to engage with others. Lessons learned. Time to change.
Showing kindness to animals, while not universal in all kids, is something that young kids seem to understand. So, doing a kindness activity for kids to this summer to practice this kindness seemed like a great way to continue to expand our children’s definition of kindness and use of empathy.
My son is like me in so many ways. The good…and the not so good. We both struggle with self-esteem and low confidence. The negative self-talk we both appear to have can be overwhelming at times, especially if we are doing something hard. I’ve found one little strategy that has completely changed how both handle our own negative self-talk and, as it turns out, how we talk to each other. This one little strategy will change your life.
There are tons of resources for completing random acts of kindness with your kids. This is not your usual approach. This activity uses The GoodCard to help kids really think about a recipient of a random act of kindness and then begin to understand the concept of paying it forward, something that’s actually difficult to explain and understand for small kids. But, the GoodCard makes it easy through technology. Read on to learn more!
CoParenting is a term often used for separated or divorced parents. But, it also applies to parents who are married or committed to be together. Learning how to parent together has been one of the top challenges for my husband and me as we navigate raising our kids. After much trial and error, we have found one simple strategy that not only works, but it changed everything.
This week, we are holding a diaper drive for those in our community that have to make tough decisions about how to keep their children in clean diapers - a major expense for low income families. But, my lesson learned this week is to be opportunistic when pitching new service activities to my kids. Here are 8 steps on how to do that!
Everyday, parents look for clues in their children’s behavior that provide a glimmer of hope we are actually raising our kids to be the adults we envision. It’s impossible to know whether the parenting style we use today is achieving our desired outcome for at least 15 years! Well, I had one of those days that I can only hope offered a clue.
Consider this a call to action! Parents, we cannot shy away from our responsibility, I believe, to raise kind kids. This means we have to talk about tough topics with our kids and role model the values we have for our family, especially kindness, gratitude, and acceptance. Here are 10 easy steps to start talking to your kids about hard topics.
We are talking about gratitude this week with a series of fun, easy activities to do at home with your kids. Gratitude is not a quality humans are born with, and instead is a skill that must be practiced. But, what does gratitude have to do with kindness? Shoes. Yes, shoes. Read on!