Service projects are great for helping children develop compassion. I tell more about that in a post at Living Montessori Now on “How to Help Your Kids Develop Compassion through Social Projects.”
Bloggers Who Inspire the World to Help Others
Today, it’s easy to find ways to make a difference – through both simple acts of kindness or more elaborate projects. Sheila from Pennies of Time has an amazing resource called “Bloggers Who Inspire the World to Help Others.”
I’m very honored to be included in Sheila’s post. A number of the bloggers in the post are ones who’ve inspired and organized some of the service projects I’ve been involved in. I have a category of Making a Difference posts here at Raising Figure Skaters about some of those projects.
Not all service projects need to be elaborate. Many of the bloggers in Sheila’s post have very simple projects that families can do together.
The sidebar at Pennies of Time focuses on what Sheila and her husband do with two young boys and is an inspiration in itself:
“We take 15-20 minutes each day to serve . . . a small moment, a ‘penny of time.’
We’ve been completing a “penny of time” with our children every day for 10 months. From what started as a way to try teaching our children to serve in small experiences . . . not knowing what it would become, it is now our way of life!”
Simple Service Projects for Families
Tutus & Tea Parties has a weekly Kids for Kindness Random Acts of Kindness Challenge with simple activities such as leaving a quarter in a prize machine for someone else to use.
Coffee Cups and Crayons has an Acts of Kindness series with activities as simple as leaving a kind sidewalk chalk message.
You’ll find lots of other simple ideas (along with more elaborate ideas) if you check out all the blogs in Sheila’s post. You’ll be inspired!
A Simple but Important Way for Adults to Make a Difference in the World
One of the simplest ways you as an adult and parent can make a positive difference is to always be kind online. Cyber bullying is a problem that’s encouraged or discouraged by parents’ behavior online. I have a post called “Be Kind Online” with anti-bullying resources.
If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t one of the people who needs to be reminded to be kind online. Please feel free to share the “Be Kind Online” Freebie. Of course, I always appreciate when you link back to me when you share it.
I’d love to see the world become kinder online. This is essential for us as role models for children, but it’s also essential if we’re going to make the world online a friendlier place for everyone.
Glennon from Momastery has a thought-provoking post on “Criticism vs. Cruelty.” For the world online to become a kinder place, more people need to realize and remember “If you are not kind on the internet, then you’re not kind.”
Let’s all work together to make the world a better place. That doesn’t have to be difficult.
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