SIX KID CRAFTS THAT TEACH KINDNESS

Teaching and practicing kindness is vital to raising compassionate children. Creating and sharing art is an excellent way to bond and learn alongside your kids. Below are six crafts that offer opportunities to teach kindness.

1. A (Paper) Chain of Kindness

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2. Kindness Postcards

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3. Decorate a Kindness Jar

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4. Mail a “Hug”

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5. Cards for Care Packages for Sick Children

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6. Paper Plate Flowers

http://www.theresourcefulmama.com/paper-plate-flower-craft-for-kids/

To bring the teaching of kindness into your kindness craft sessions, you can share the finished products with local friends or those in need. Sharing homemade creations is an expression of love and giving.

A great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite kindness craft was in the comments section below.

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SUMMER CAMP ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR KIDS

While summer camp can be a highly enjoyable and memorable part of childhood, it isn’t always what’s best for every family. Whether the reasons are financial or otherwise, there are still many ways to make the most of your child’s summer break from school.

By exploring your community’s events and resources, you can plan out a summer equally as fun as any given summer camp. Libraries often host free readings, workshops and classes. National (and local) parks have educational opportunities for children, as well as adults. Your local YMCA and churches most likely have classes and activities for your child, as well. Browse online or in a local newspaper for volunteer opportunities at a local farm, one day workshops, child focused concerts, theatre in the park and so on. Swim lessons and play dates are excellent alternatives, too.

Summer camps are memorable because of their foundations in fun activities and socialization. By creating your own activities and keeping your social calendar full, you can easily make this summer one that your child will never forget.

For even more summer fun ideas, read our blog post titled, “15 Ways to Avoid Hearing “I’m Bored” This Summer” here :https://www.getitgoingnow.com/ourblog/2017/4/10/15-kind-ways-to-beat-the-boredom-blues-this-summer.

Your children can invite others to join them to these enjoyable events. By being inclusive, your child will make new friends, while simultaneously practicing kindness. A great way to make a habit of teaching your children about the practice of kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite summer activity was in the comments section below.

15 Ways to Show Love

Love is one of those words that most people don’t understand. Maybe it isn’t meant to be understood but just to be felt. Nonetheless, Plato, in his Symposism, described love as superseding lust, or animalistic desire, and entering into a more intellectual concept of something or someone. Parents everywhere describe having their first child as finally understanding what love means. Some still have a hard time looking at their partner and knowing “for sure” if it’s love that they feel for them.

 

I don’t believe that I can tell you how to find love. The only thing I can really tell you is how to show love. Showing love can be as easy as reminding your friend to “drive safe” when they leave your house. Get it Going helps its readers take action in their own lives to Get it Going. To us, what you give is what you get back. Follow what your heart says and do what you can to let people know that you care.

Sometimes it is hard to know how to express love to others on an everyday basis. Here is a list of things you can do to show love and Get it Going in your own communities:

  1. Give time to someone you haven’t seen in awhile
  2. Buy the person behind you in line a coffee
  3. Say “thank you” to your loved ones
  4. Do things without expecting a “thank you” in return
  5. Offer to volunteer at your local hospital, animal shelter, etc.
  6. Get to know your neighbors and ask if they need anything
  7. Smile at whoever catches your eye on the street
  8. Donate the things you don’t use/wear anymore
  9. Be thoughtlessly generous with gifts
  10. Create a surprise for your loved one, significant other, best friend, anyone
  11. Listen to someone you know is having a difficult time
  12. Encourage others to be their best selves
  13. Write a letter to someone you miss
  14. Refrain from giving harsh criticism for a full week
  15. Forgive