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Teaching Kids Kindness: Hasbro Kindness Campaign

Teaching Kids Kindness: Hasbro Kindness Campaign

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a good time to discuss bullying at home with your kids. Did you know that the best way to deal with bullies is to have bystanders stand up for the victim? Some schools teach this as part of their curriculum, but this is a good lesson to reinforce at home as well.

Being kind and “choosing kind” is something that I think can be internalized such that it’s a plan and goals that each child defines individually, making it easy to make decisions when faced with a bullying incident.

I think the first place to start is defining kindness and the behavior that demonstrates it. I have three books of with three different takes on Choosing Kind. Let’s start with a picture book that demonstrates different ways kids can choose to be kind.

Teaching Kids to Choose Kind

What Does It Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

The first example that DiOrio defines is something that seems very small, but actually has huge impact.

Being kind means … smiling at the new student in class.  Read more…

Top Ways to Teach Kids to Give Back

Top Ways to Teach Kids to Give Back

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.

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Books for Kids to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Books for Kids to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

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…

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000! Read more…

International Book Giving Day

Today is International Book Giving Day!

Today is International Book Giving Day! The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Today I will be giving away a diversity book bundle on my Instagram @PragmaticMom. Follow me and tag two people to win my giveaway!

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books because:

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

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International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day Poster Reveal! #BookGivingWednesday

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to:

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally. Read more…

Staples

Staples and City Year Help Boston School

Staples Unveil Renovated Afterschool Resource Room at
Curley K-8 School with City Year Boston
 

Curley K-8 Gets Resource Room from Staples!

Staples also will donate school supplies to improve learning environment for young students

Staples and City Year help school in Jamaica Plain

Students entering the afterschool program at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 17th, received a surprise when they saw their newly remodeled resource room, a gift from Staples. Educators and students from the Curley K – 8 School and the City Year Boston AmeriCorps members who served at the school as tutors, mentors, and role models supporting student success welcomed representatives from Staples for a tour of the school, distribution of school supplies, and the room reveal makeover. Read more…

Giving Tuesday & Giving Back in Boston

Giving Tuesday & Giving Back in Boston

Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post. Click here to learn more about how Capital One is celebrating local heroes who are making Boston a better city with the “Everyday Money Boston” program.

Today, November 17th, is Giving Tuesday and I thought I would reflect on gratitude, giving back, and the ways kids can give back despite their limited incomes (if any). It turns out that gratitude and giving back are sure-fire ways to happiness.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. From Harvard Health Publications

I’ve been trying to teach my kids about personal finance. They get a small allowance and they are supposed to allocate into three piles: spend, save and donate. In this way, I want to teach them about budgeting and “everyday money” which is the money leftover after you pay your overhead like bills, rent and food. This leftover money can be allocated into spend, save and donate. And while it might seem like SPEND would bring immediate gratification, SAVE is also satisfying and DONATE brings happiness. donating allowance at grocery store But there are other ways to donate if you are short on money. Read more…

Gifts that Give Back, a series with Craftwhack

Gifts that Give Back

Jeanette Nyberg of Craftwhack and I have teamed up again to bring you a holiday shopping series.

November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids  (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: HersMine)

Today, we bring you Gifts That Give Back!

I like to have my kids think about giving back as we near the holidays. I read that teaching kids gratitude is the best way to assure that they will be happy.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. From Harvard Health Publications

Last year, I tried my hand at crafts (which I am bad at) and created a DIY Advent Gratitude Calendar in which my family tried to do an act of kindness as we counted down towards Christmas.

DIY Gratitude Advent Calendar

If you need Random Acts of Kindness ideas, I researched them in order to do 48 for my birthday.

RAK, Random Acts of Kindness

Thankfulness, in our house, also includes Thank You notes and I have a free Thank You Card printable for kids that I hope makes note writing less onerous.

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