Compassion and Empathy Activity: Creating “Care Kits”

Compassion and Empathy Activity: Creating “Care Kits”

A few years ago, our family spent a Sunday afternoon creating “care kits” to keep in the car and give to homeless and needy people that we see around town. We passed the last one out last fall, and our daughters have been asking ever since to make some more. Recently, we read The Teddy Bear a handful of times early in February, as it was a big hit from our list of more than 50 compassion and empathy books to go along with our February Family Focus Traits of compassion and empathy. We also listened to the Big Life Kids Podcast, episode 17: Discover the Superpower of Kindnessa few times, giving us an opportunity to learn about one girl who was able to give homes to homeless people! The combination of these stories and the family conversations we’ve been having about compassion and empathy meant that the time was ripe for us to take action as a family. And, fortunately, the girls were eager to make more care kits!

So, when we had a free morning a few weekends ago, we all went together to the store to pick out items for new care kits, and then spent the afternoon packing them up. My car is now loaded up, and the girls are eager to be able to give to people in need over the next few months! Continue reading “Compassion and Empathy Activity: Creating “Care Kits””

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

As you might remember, our Family Focus Traits for the month of February are compassion and empathy. And, of course, we’ve been reading lots of books highlighting characters that act with incredible compassion and empathy to those around them. Up today, one of our favorites that showcases using these traits to help not a peer, but a community member in a completely different generation: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Continue reading “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox”

The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson

The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson

Do you know the “Ordinary Mary” series by Emily Pearson, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka? I first discovered the original, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deeda few years ago, when searching for books similar to one of my favorites, Because Amelia Smiled. I was thrilled when a friend reached out last fall to make sure I knew about the second in the series, Ordinary Mary’s Postively Extraordinary Day. These books celebrate the good in all of us, and the power that our choices have to changes other’s days, too, not just our own. Read on for more information about each! Continue reading “The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson”

How We “Outsource” Packing School Lunches

How We “Outsource” Packing School Lunches

At the beginning of this school year, I mentioned on Instagram that we had decided to have both girls make their own school lunches this year, and received many, many requests for more details on what this REALLY looks like day-to-day. So, here we are, a few months later (but, still with a few months more of school for most of you, so definitely not too late!), with all of the details about how we outsource the packing of school lunches to the two people in the house who actually benefit from these lunches! Continue reading “How We “Outsource” Packing School Lunches”

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!

Do you ever wish you had better strategies for helping your children when they’re sad, for supporting them through more difficult emotions? We all know it’s a whole lot easier to tell a child (or an adult, for that matter…), “Oh, don’t worry, it’ll be all right,” or “Oh, you’re okay,” and then assume that the child is ready to move on with us, but we also know that doesn’t usually help… at all. Fortunately, Glenys Nellist has given anyone who works with, loves, and supports children a gift and guide through Little Mole Finds Hope. Continue reading to see what makes this book stand out, as well as how you can enter to win your own copy! Continue reading “Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!”

Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer

Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer

Though my learning goal for 2020 centers around adding yoga to my exercise life (my specific goal is to do one yoga class each week), my girls have long loved doing yoga. They love yoga books, yoga card games, and Cosmic Kids Yoga videos. When I saw the newest children’s yoga book advertised at our local children’s bookstore, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it for the girls. Fortunately for me, Abrams Kids reached out and offered to gift us one! Of course, all thoughts and opinions to follow are my own. Read on to see what makes Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer, illustrated by Bonnie Stephens, a unique contribution to the world of children’s yoga materials! Continue reading “Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer”

Children’s Books About Cancer

Children’s Books About Cancer

While a list of children’s books about cancer was by far one of the hardest booklists I’ve made so far, I also think it may be one of the most important booklists I’ll ever make. This is a list that I desperately hope parents, caregivers, and teachers never have to use, but I’m quickly learning that many of you do in fact need a resource for quality children’s books about cancer. After multiple requests from friends and followers for titles of good children’s books about cancer, I began the work to formally curate a booklist, because I am a firm believer in the power of books to help our children process and understand the world around them, as well as their personal lives.

Despite how important these books are for children and families who need them, quality children’s books about cancer are hard to find, especially for preschool and elementary students. Our local library system sadly had very few of the titles I tried to get my hands on. (I’ll be requesting that our library add most of the books below to their collection, so that any local families who need to get their hands on quality books without much effort can do so more quickly and easily than I.)

However, after an extended search, I believe I have come up with a solid list of children’s books to help them process and understand cancer in themselves or their loved ones. Below, you’ll find titles for children as young as two up to teenagers, books about helping friends with cancer, books for families walking their cancer journeys, books about moms with cancer, books about dads with cancer, books about healing after cancer, books about losses from cancer, journals to help children process changes and emotions related to cancer, and so much more. I pray that none of you will ever need this list, but I’ve been honored to curate such an important list for those who do. Continue reading “Children’s Books About Cancer”