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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa “I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.” Mother Teresa “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.” Mohandas Gandhi “Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to
I always loved finding ways to make a difference in the world. I also loved to help my kids make a difference and develop compassion and empathy at the same time. 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
I’m sad to say that another person in the media is making it difficult for mothers and daughters to have healthy body images. So I signed another online petition: Rex Reed, at the New York Observer: Apologize to actress Melissa McCarthy about your comments on her weight. And I’m writing this post. This isn’t my first post on body image. And it’s too important of an issue for it to be my last. Although I’m focusing on females in this post, I realize that males can have problems with
This is the third year of the 100 Acts of Kindness Project through Toddler Approved! The project starts each year on Martin Luther King Day and ends on Valentine’s Day. You can start at any time, though. And the 100 Acts of Kindness Project isn’t just for parents with young children. My family has participated on some level each year, and my kids are adults now. The world needs some extra kindness, and this project is a wonderful reminder to be kinder to the people and world around us.
UPDATE ON 12/19 Resources for helping children cope: How to Talk with Children about Tragedy. Ways to Make a Difference and Show You Care about the Victims and Families of Sandy Hook RainbowsWithinReach has positive ideas of ways to respond to the tragedy and what NOT to say to a grieving family: Tragedy, Faith, Teachers, Hugs + HOPE. Ann Curry at NBC News started a new movement with Inspired to act: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn. I’m participating. Mama Smiles has a lovely post
“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson I love that stanza of Emily Dickinson’s poem – a perfect thought for Breast Cancer Awareness Day! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a word art freebie based on Emily Dickinson’s words of hope: To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .”
October 11 is International Day of the Girl. Let’s work to brighten the world for girls today and every day! The theme for 2012 (the first-ever observance of International Day of the Girl) is ending child marriage. That’s a shocking and important issue, but that’s not all this day is about. It’s about rights, opportunities, and dreams for girls everywhere. There are so many ways to improve conditions for girls, and fortunately, there are some wonderful organizations you can work through to help improve conditions for girls. Here are
Since I’ve started blogging, one of my causes has been online civility. I grew up near a small town 40 miles from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. Being nice and following the Golden Rule were important values in my upbringing. I love the communities of bloggers and readers that have been built up through the Internet … places where parents and others can go to find encouragement and support. But it saddens me when people use the Internet to criticize or ridicule others. Here are some
Today, September 21, is a very special day. It’s International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day. Both are wonderful holidays for adults and kids to observe. Today, I want to share some activities that parents and kids can do together to observe both holidays. Disclosure: This post contains a Montessori Helper affiliate link at no cost to you. International Day of Peace Activities Education World has directions and templates for making “pinwheels for peace” for International Day of Peace. Amy at Kids Activities Blog has a pinwheel-making activity
Orange is the color of hunger awareness, and September is the month to Go Orange for No Kid Hungry. I’m proud to be part of Moms Fighting Hunger … and I’ve gone orange! There are No Kid Hungry activities going on throughout September, so my Facebook and Twitter profiles will go orange all month. This is an important cause! More than 16 million kids in America struggle with hunger. (Source: USDA Household Food Security in the United States). That’s one in five kids or over 21% of all kids.
I’m happy to be participating in Moms Fighting Hunger. In honor of Go Orange for No Kid Hungry, here’s some word art based on a quote by Mother Teresa: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .” Stock Image by Olga Semicheva. Here’s another version: To download word art png file (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save
It’s back-to-school time. Sadly, that’s a time when lots of kids have to worry about bullying. While bullying has been around for a long time, it’s probably more dangerous now than ever with cyberbullying along with the traditional forms of bullying. Even adults have to deal with lack of online civility. It’s time we all work to change things for the better. Sites That Can Help I have some helpful links about bullying and cyberbullying in a previous post: Do You Follow the Thumper Theory? Here’s a website and
It’s always a good time to “try a little kindness,” but this is an especially good time. The 100 Acts of Kindness Project, which can be varied for any age group, lasts from Martin Luther King Day to Valentine’s Day. If you want to start now, you don’t have to actually do 100 acts of kindness, although it’s possible to do 100 acts of kindness in a day if you really work at it! But the 100 Acts of Kindness Project is a great way to remind yourself to
It’s time to focus on Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world! Global Youth Service Day recognizes the role that young people, ages 5-25, play in improving their communities. This year, Global Youth Service Day is April 15-17, 2011. Volunteering to Make a Difference and for Character Development Regardless of how busy our children are, I think it’s important that they learn the value of giving back, of making a difference. As much as I was proud of my kids for their accomplishments, I was as
It’s still Character Counts! Week. Saturday’s suggested character idea for adults is one that is perfect for those of us who work out of our homes – and for those of us with busy schedules who still want to make a difference. Here’s the character idea from Character Counts!: Help From Home Finding time in a busy week to volunteer can be tough, but what if you could do it from the comfort of your own home? Help From Home is a site that lets you do just that. Visit