Making a Difference

Encouraging healthy body images is one of my causes. I have a number of posts about body image, which I’m gathering together today. You’ll find body-image resources here for children and adults, both male and female. Inspiration from Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton Help Our Daughters Have Healthy Body Images Helping a Daughters Self Esteem from False Media Images from A Daddy Blog Top 5 Tips for Raising Kids with Good Self Esteem Help Our Daughters Have Healthy Body Images: The Saga Continues Helping Mothers and Daughters Have Healthy Body

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The 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge ends on Valentine’s Day, but I hope you continue to focus on kindness. There’s another exciting event on February 20: 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. On that day, over 1000 bloggers, including me, will publish posts about compassion. Today, I have a word art freebie based on a beautiful quote that speaks of kindness and compassion: “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free. For printing, feel free to download the

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My family has participated in the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge since it started in 2011. We participated as an adult family until this year when we’re able to include 14-month-old Zoey. Even as adults, we used some Montessori principles during our challenge. This year, we’re using even more Montessori principles as we include a toddler. Using Montessori Principles with a Toddler or Preschooler in the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge Montessori principles are probably most commonly associated with toddlers and preschoolers, so our 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge

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It’s almost time to begin the 5th annual 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge! Yay! 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge Kristina from Toddler Approved organizes 100 Acts of Kindness weekly challenges each year from Martin Luther King Day to Valentine’s Day. Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons is co-hosting 100 Acts of Kindness again this year. You can get a free 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids printable at Coffee Cups and Crayons. You’ll find LOTS of great ideas on it! You can get a free 100 Acts of Kindness

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We think of breast cancer as it affects women. But many children are also affected in some way by breast cancer. Maybe their mother or another relative has breast cancer. Or maybe a child’s teacher has breast cancer. “People used to say everyone knows someone who’s had breast cancer. In the past few weeks, I’ve learned something else: Everyone has someone close to them who has had breast cancer.” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz Children can be involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a variety of ways. And involvement

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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. Komen Race for the Cure In 2012, the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team consisted of my daughter, Christina, and my daughter-in-law, Chea. Last year, the Fabulous

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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 are some creative ideas kid bloggers have used with children’s books to help raise hunger awareness with children along with literature-based activities for Hunger Action

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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 art freebie using J. M. Barrie’s quote and an orange-ish image. For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d

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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, and Matchers This video tells how you can help others become more giving. It also shares how the most successful people are generally givers. Give

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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 was always proud of Christina for the way she’s handled having vitiligo. She never complained about it and has an amazingly positive body image despite

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There are way too many negative body-image messages online. Fortunately, there are some positive messages online as well. I shared lots of body-image resources in my post called “Helping Mothers and Daughters Have Healthy Body Images.” Today, I want to celebrate some positive body-image messages found online. 1. Embrace your body. In “This Woman Wants to Change How All of Us See Our Bodies,” Huff Post Women tells about Taryn Brumfitt’s message through her website and the documentary she wants to make. Brumfitt’s message is “Love your body as

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I’ve written a number of posts about body image. I think it’s too important of an issue to ignore. Whether we’re parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts, teachers, coaches, or friends, we need to be aware of the body-image messages we’re giving children … or people of any age. Here’s a post with lots of body-image resources for females: Helping Mothers and Daughters Have Healthy Body Images. You’ll find a link there to a post about males and body image, too. Here’s the link: Helping Males Have Healthy Body Images.

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Today, I officially become a California girl when the moving truck arrives with our belongings from Colorado Springs! Before permanently moving to San Diego, I was lucky to spend much of the winter in San Diego. One of the events I was able to attend while in San Diego was a Zumbathon on November 22. My daughter, Christina, from Fit Body Full Life and Christina Chitwood Performance, attended the Zumbathon with me. My daughter-in-law, Chea, probably would have attended with us except that she became a new mom in

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I’m a fan of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Facebook page. I like its messages, and I’m especially fond of its badge. The Facebook page says: “The internet doesn’t have to be full of mean comments. Use this badge to let others know you’re part of the goodness! #SpreadtheLove” Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Website (Helping “young women and the young at heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves”) Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website even had Operation Nice February with this message: “Here at Smart Girls, we believe the internet

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If you follow my blog, you know how important I feel kindness is, including kindness online. I’ve written a post called “Be Kind Online” about being kind toward everyone. I also have two “Be Kind Online” word art freebies. Today, I want to talk about something that’s been troubling me for quite awhile. Too often, I see public figures written about online in the harshest way. While many public figures have personal problems, I think it’s important to remember that they have feelings, too. I wish everyone would simply

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It’s International Random Acts of Kindness Week! Not only that but the 100 Acts of Kindness focus this week is on doing kindness around the world. I published a post before on the importance of being kind online. This is definitely a great week to make an extra effort to always be kind online. Here’s a new “Be Kind Online” word art freebie: To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .” Here’s a “Be Kind

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This is the second week of the 2014 100 Acts of Kindness Project hosted by Kristina from Toddler Approved and Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons. This week, the focus is on spreading kindness in our communities. My family’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project fits perfectly with this week’s focus. My kids, kids-in-law, and I are focusing throughout the challenge on being extra kind to everyone we meet in our daily life. My daughter, Christina, and I have an added focus of spreading positive body-image messages through Operation Beautiful.

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