We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it—whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Aaron Sorkin in a letter to his daughter (full letter below)
There are plenty of things to worry about during a Trump Presidency and Republican controlled government.
If you are worried about this too, here are non-profits to support:
Worried About Women’s Right to Choose? Support:
Planned Parenthood (I donated in Mike Pence’s name and he’s going to get a certificate from them for my donation!)
Center for Reproductive Rights
Our service project each Thanksgiving is to deliver a meal to the elderly through Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. We’ve been doing this for a few years now and my kids all agree; it’s the best part of our Thanksgiving.
It isn’t always easy to find a service project around Thanksgiving meals that includes your kids. I tried calling homeless shelters and they all said that they don’t allow children to serve meals though my sister in Torrance, CA has a place that she and her family support every year. I guess you just have to call around.
The day after the election I was in shock, then angry and finally depressed. And the thought of facing racism made me mad and ready to fight. And it’s not like I don’t spend a few hours punching every week. I was ready to fist fight, and, it turns out, I wasn’t the only one. Day 1 in Trump’s America is an ugly place to be.
But then I met with Valarie and Becky for Multicultural Children’s Book Day — we meet weekly via Skype for the months leading up to January 27th — and we realized that now, more than ever, we need to fight for acceptance of diversity through compassion. Believe me, this is not an easy leap to make for me! My first response would be to throw a punch when faced with racism, so I give myself this reminder today, on World Kindness Day, November 13th.
Today is World Kindness Day (and boy do we need it)
And, as I think about kindness, I am reminded of Valerie at Inner Child Fun (different Valerie than Valarie at Jump Into a Book/Multicultural Children’s Book Day) and how she inspired me with her 35 Random Acts of Kindness Birthday Challenge. I knew I wanted to face my own upcoming 48th birthday this way. It wasn’t easy to pull it off; I needed a month, but it was the best birthday present ever!
And just like that … ripples of kindness actually spread. Read more…
We know that, no matter what their background is, when kids know they can make a difference in the world, it’s transformative for them in a very positive way.
Please join me in Hasbro’s new philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND. It’s designed to empower kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives.
We know it’s not always easy to be kind and kids need toolkits to help teach them and inspire empathy. BE FEARLESS BE KIND has engaged best-in-class partners who developed empathy and compassion tools & resources that parents can use: Ashoka and No Bully on the empathy piece, Special Olympics Unified for inclusion, and generationOn and Rock Your World for taking action.
The goal: We want kids to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.
I was bringing two bags of groceries to our local food bank when a couple with their young daughter stepped into the elevator with me. They were loaded with bags including paper towels and food. They also had piles of toiletries to donate, so much so, that they needed to bring their car around and get some help. Where did all this bounty come from? Their little girl who looked around ten or eleven had asked for donations to this food bank instead of birthday gifts.
My son and his best friend did this for their 10th birthday. Instead of gifts, they asked for dog toys and collars for a local dog shelter. They delivered it themselves and were allowed to play with the dogs. It was the best birthday ever!
Here are five ideas for kids to change the world by donating to these charities. I picked organizations whose missions would resonate with kids. And even a very small donation can change someone’s life. These are gifts that give back more: they teach children gratitude. And it turns out that gratitude is the fastest path to happiness.
Rules of Kindness Campaign is designed to build a culture of caring and empathy among today’s youth.
I love this new Be Fearless, Be Kind campaign from Hasbro and generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light. Together they have launched Rules of Kindness, a new campaign that encourages kids and teens to create, share and act upon their own Rules of Kindness.
From September 1 through October 17, teens, teachers, parents, and youth leaders can visit Rules of Kindness to sign up, submit their Rules of Kindness, and see how others are putting their Rules into action.
In this increasingly self-absorbed world where people can spend more time staring at a screen then they can communicating with each other face to face, it’s getting more and more important to teach children the importance of doing good in the world. As well, with the growing number of natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other conflicts and issues, in addition to the fluctuating economies around the world, there seems to be more people who need help than ever before.
If you’re keen to teach your children to donate to charities, volunteer their time, raise money for a good cause or otherwise help someone who needs it, read on for some ways you can encourage them to do good today.
There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad owner.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is tomorrow, April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.
It isn’t always easy to adopt a pet through a shelter as I found when we were ready for a dog five years ago. Puppies were hard to come by in the pet shelters locally. The breeds there also weren’t recommended for families with small children.
It wasn’t always possible to meet the dog before adopting it. I think it takes patience and perseverance to find the right pet through a shelter, but it seems well worth the effort based on the rescue dogs and owners that I’ve met through the dog park. Pet shelters also turn out to be popular in Early Chapter Books this year.
How about you? Have you ever thought of adopting a pet from an animal shelter? What are you favorite books about adopting pets? Thanks for sharing! Read more…