Raising Kids Who Care
Are you interested in getting your children more involved with the world around them? In our blog we'll explore volunteering, micro adventures in nature, helping others, and doing special projects. Join us here for inspiration!
Politeness is important to me. Politeness is a way of treating people with respect. Politeness shows that you have character, as you are willing to be appreciative and kind to those who can’t necessarily offer you anything in return. Politeness is the kind of oil that greases the wheels of society and makes living together…Read more
The bus driver who gets our kids to school safely. The mail carrier. The barista who remembers your order. The UPS delivery person. Often we thank them, but in a cursory way, a casual “thanks” as they complete whatever it is they are doing for us. Saying thank you validates a person’s contribution to your…Read more
Once fall transitions to winter we often go for weeks – and sometimes months – without seeing or speaking to our neighbors. Everyone is hunkered down inside, or visiting relatives, or running errands or on playdates or preparing for the holidays or recovering from the holidays or at work. But our communities (and that can…Read more
Picking up trash is mundane. Picking up trash is a chore. Picking up other people’s trash is not my job. Yet picking up trash is respectful. Picking up trash teaches kindness. And yes, picking up other’s trash is not my job. But it’s still the right thing to do. Picking up garbage sends a message…Read more
Have you ever noticed someone in need of minor help? Maybe a young dad with his arms full has dropped his groceries, or an elderly person has her walker stuck in a doorway. How many people pass by before someone finally stops to help? Did you stop? As parents, we want to cultivate in our…Read more
Children can begin volunteering at any age. The earlier a volunteering lifestyle is introduced, the more likely children are to embrace it as a normal part of their everyday lives. The benefits of volunteering are numerous. Volunteering teaches children to see beyond the limits of their own daily routines. (Toddlers, for instance, have a tendency…Read more