The third week in October is Character Counts! Week. In honor of Character Counts! Week October 19-25, I’m sharing 20+ free character education printables. These are great for Character Counts! Week, but can be used throughout the year to encourage good character in your children and/or students. I’m especially focusing here on character education activities, posters, and bookmarks. Free Character Education Printables for a

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m excited to be part of the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team in the fight against breast cancer! My mom is a breast cancer survivor (over 5 years now!), and the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team is participating in the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure November 2 in honor of my mom. Susan G.

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September is Hunger Action Month, and orange is the color for hunger awareness. Getting children involved in Hunger Action Month gives them a great learning experience as well as a character-building activity. I often found children’s books helpful in talking about difficult topics when my now-adult children were little. (See “Discussing Difficult Topics with Kids: What’s Worked for Me” at Living Montessori Now.) Following

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If you follow my blog, you might already know that my daughter, Christina, has vitiligo, a skin disorder that destroys pigment-making cells. For World Vitiligo Day on June 25, I published a post called “Having a Positive Body Image with Vitiligo.” Christina published a post at Christina Chitwood Performance called “How to Accept Vitiligo and Other Imperfections.” Christina doesn’t hide her vitiligo. She loves

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This quote by J. M. Barrie is one of my favorite quotes about making a difference: “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” September is Hunger Awareness Month, with orange as the color of hunger awareness. I’m a Team No Kid Hungry Blogger. In honor of Hunger Awareness Month and No Kid Hungry, I’ve created a word

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We all have frustrations … and there are unique frustrations in today’s society. Online haters are difficult for anyone to deal with. I’m lucky that I haven’t had a lot of experience with haters, but I still feel sad and frustrated whenever I see anyone affected by haters and online bullies. I like Taylor Swift’s approach in “Shake It Off.” Rather than being self-critical,

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If you’re looking for fun workouts for kids, be sure to check out the dance workouts for kids choreographed by my daughter, Christina, at Fit Body Full Life. Christina is a professional dancer and fitness expert, and she has dance workouts on YouTube and embedded in the Fit Body Full Life blog. You can find dance workouts there to “Happy,” “Let It Go” from

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Colbie Caillat is helping lots of females feel better about themselves with her new “Try” video. I love the video’s message of being true to yourself … of liking yourself just as you are. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). After seeing the negative effects of Photoshopping on the self-images of too many, it’s refreshing to see a Grammy

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August is Happiness Happens Month! I have fun being a Happiness Happens Ambassador throughout the month, sharing happy quotes and graphics on the Bits of Positivity Facebook page and Twitter. Today, I want to share a word art freebie for a wonderful quote that’s been misattributed to a number of people, including Immanuel Kant, Elvis Presley, Alexander Chalmers, Allan K Chalmers, Joseph Addison, and Rita

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I love writing about parenting, and I love parenting quotes. So, today I want to share some of my favorite parenting quotes. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” Benjamin Spock “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he

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I absolutely love the quote about fairness by Rick Riordan: “Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of course, I always appreciate when you link to my post, too.

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I saw a video yesterday about Adam Grant’s research on givers and takers. The concept of givers and takers isn’t new, but Adam Grant, Wharton’s youngest tenured professor and highest-rated teacher, has some fascinating research about givers, takers, and matchers that can make a definite difference in the world. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Research about Givers, Takers,

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World Vitiligo Day June 25 is World Vitiligo Day, helping bring global awareness to the skin disorder characterized by skin depigmentation. At the World Vitiligo Day site, you can learn more about vitiligo and even sign a petition. Having a Positive Body Image with Vitiligo My daughter, Christina, has vitiligo. It started at age 11 and gradually spread over much of her body. I

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