Now that Thanksgiving is over, let’s carry on the giving spirit into the next year and make gratitude and giving a part of our daily lives. And to make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled all of the stories from this week into one easy to find place. It’s the week that just keeps on giving!
Developmentally, our youngest children will naturally struggle with comprehending a world beyond themselves. And as they grow up in the “era of selfie,” getting children and adolescents of any age to think beyond themselves poses a challenge. However, just as it’s far easier to learn to play an instrument or to pick up a second language when you start young, thinking beyond ourselves is a skill that should be acquired and practiced as early and as often as possible. Our children, and our world, will be better for it. Continue Reading
While I think volunteering is a crucial and loving component of our society, there is something about the one-time visit at the holidays that feels like we’re using other people’s bad circumstances as an analgesic to our gluttony before we feast on decadent meals and begin the midnight shopping sprees on Black Friday. Continue Reading
After volunteering for a program called “Boogie for Books” through the National Elementary Honor Society chapter at their elementary school, the pair was shocked to come to the realization that not all kids have equal access to books at their schools. “When we learned that some kids didn’t have books in their community, we wanted to help,” said Chase. Continue Reading
At the most fundamental level, children have a readiness for giving and generosity when parents have demonstrated giving to them through their love, attention and responsiveness to their emotions. Young children seek a secure attachment with their parents so if a parent responds with care when they are upset, the child grows in his trust for them and in turn, the rest of the world. Continue Reading
After winning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen USA in August, Nicole Jia launched a digital campaign called #BeSelfless to reclaim her generation’s social media presence and encourage teens to think beyond themselves. “No doubt that social media is a huge part of our lives nowadays,” Jia said. “If we can’t change that, why not work with it? We can use it for good.” Continue Reading
There are countless service experiences that take many different forms, ideologies, political perspectives, and faiths. While sometimes it may seem like your student has to get involved in everything, it is really an exciting moment for your kid to discover what their values are. Continue Reading
While the money can certainly go a long way, Lasaracina believes people begging for a few bucks are also usually in need of food, clothing and just a little bit of good luck. For the past decade, she has been trying to bring some of that luck with her as she travels. In addition to packing all of her clothes and toiletries, she will often stow away a few homemade “Blessing Bags.” Continue Reading
While we’re still in the giving spirit, let’s pledge to give back to the world around us all year long—and inspire our kids to do the same! Making a difference doesn’t have to be hard. It starts with a little perspective, encouragement, and of course, love.