Ten Titles on Netflix That Teach Kids Kindness

Teaching kindness is an important aspect of raising compassionate children. One way of doing so is through witnessing others who are successfully practicing kindness. Below are ten Netflix titles that display kindness through friendship and standing up for what is right. Visit www.netflix.com to begin your first month free.

The Fox and the Hound

This film has profound messages of friendship and teaches the importance of appreciating the differences in those separate from our selves.

Mulan

This movie teaches children to never doubt or limit themselves.  The overarching theme of girl power brings an important gender expectation focus to the table, as well.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This movie teaches kids not to judge people by their appearance. This film encourages standing up for what’s right and wanting to brighten others’ lives.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

This film is all about friendship and being selfless. It teaches children how rewarding it can be to be a helpful and giving person.

Zootopia

This film defines stereotypes and displays the negative side of playing a role in stereotyping others. It also inspires children to be kind and stand up for others.

Babe

This movie exhibits the difference between right and wrong and the prominence of resistance. Themes of friendship, compassion and more have a large presence in the film, as well. 

Finding Dory

This movie focuses on differences and disabilities. By increasing awareness and empathy, children are more likely to understand and accept and be inclusive toward the peers that they don’t have too many similarities with.

Home

This movie concentrates on diversity and why it ought to be valued.

Kindness is Contagious

The title of this film gives away the importance of viewing it. This movie played a huge role in the inspiration of this list. 

Bully

This is a film that we would suggest showing to your older kids, as it is rated PG-13 and handles sensitive, emotional subjects. It is a very moving, important film, but we suggest that you pre-screen it yourself before you decide whether or not it is age appropriate for your child to view.

To bring the teaching of kindness into your movie night, you can conclude the night by discussing the global themes and lessons learned from watching each feature.

A great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child took away from these Netflix titles in the comments section below. 

 

Six Kid Crafts that Teach Kindness

Teaching and practicing kindness is vital to raising compassionate children. Creating and sharing art is an excellent way to bond and learn alongside your kids. Below are six crafts that offer opportunities to teach kindness.

1. A (Paper) Chain of Kindness

http://sugarspiceandglitter.com/paper-chain-kindness/


2. Kindness Postcards

http://growingbookbybook.com/writing-activities-kindness-postcards/

3. Decorate a Kindness Jar

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/10849/peaceful-parenting-kindness-jar

4. Mail a “Hug”

http://lovenloot.blogspot.com/2013/01/kindness-craft.html

5. Cards for Care Packages for Sick Children

http://capriplus3.com/2015/02/teach-kids-kindness-make-cards-sick-children.html

6. Paper Plate Flowers

http://www.theresourcefulmama.com/paper-plate-flower-craft-for-kids/

To bring the teaching of kindness into your kindness craft sessions, you can share the finished products with local friends or those in need. Sharing homemade creations is an expression of love and giving.

A great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite kindness craft was in the comments section below. 

 

Five Recipes That Your Child Can Help Make

Cooking with your children is not only an excellent learning and bonding experience, but it’s also an opportunity to practice kindness. Below we have found five recipes that kids love to eat, as well as make.

1. The Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcake by Wilde in the Kitchen

http://wildeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/cupcake-24-7-spaghetti-meatball-cupcake.html

2. Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pretzels by Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/852402/easy-chocolate-fudge-pretzels

3. Summer Zucchini Bites by Circle of Moms

http://www.circleofmoms.com/recipe/summer-zucchini-bites

4. Mini Turkey Burgers by Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/268626/mini-turkey-burgers

5. .Baked Parmesan Zucchini by Damn Delicious

http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/21/baked-parmesan-zucchini/

With cooking comes the obvious result of food. To bring the teaching of kindness into your cooking lesson, you could take the finished product to local friends or those in need. Sharing edible homemade creations is an expression of love and giving.

A great way to introduce cooking with your children, while simultaneously teaching and practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness and you just may get some ingredients to make a great treat! 

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite recipe was in the comments section below.

10 Birthday Gift Ideas for the Children in Your Life

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Kids have too much stuff. There, I said it—someone had to. Kids have way too much stuff and it’s weighing down their imaginations and ability to think for themselves. With television, video games and other forms of technology becoming more and more present in the lives of people of all ages, there needs to be a more well established balance. When your child, sibling, niece, nephew, or best friend’s kiddo has an upcoming birthday, it is an opportunity to nurture what children are losing: the ability to simply be a child. Below are ten ideas for birthday gifts that the children in your life will adore.

1. Gift Certificate

Gift certificates are one of the best gifts that can be given. A gift certificate is a gift of a memory, rather than a dispensable item. Give them a gift certificate for your local zoo, roller-skating rink, restaurant, or any other fun spot that you or their family can take them. By giving the gift of fun and memories, you avoid adding to the clutter of too many toys and encourage the child to make time for play. 

2. Gardening Tools

Giving a gift of gardening tools is wonderful! You can pair them with flower seeds, veggie starts, or a book about gardening. This is a gift that teaches children a sustainable skill, while simultaneously encouraging them to get outside and work with their hands. Gardening teaches hard work, patience, and offers a worthwhile (and tasty) reward as the season progresses.

3. Box Subscriptions

Box Subscriptions are always a good idea!  Children love to get mail and open packages.  There are several great subscriptions available for children. Some focus on art, science, clothes, and cooking. Our favorite is the Get it Going box which delivers activities to promote kindness. Boxes are filled with "Top Secret" challenges making the doing part of kind deeds more fun. Check out other subscription boxes at crate joy.com


4. Art Supplies
 

One of the best ways for children to get creative in play and express themselves is through art. A gift of paints, crayons, colored pencils, or other art supplies are always great "go to" present ideas.

5. Baking Supplies

Cooking is a skill that ought to begin from an early age. Cooking is rewarding and highly enjoyable, so a baking bowl, whisk, and set of measuring cups is the perfect gift for any child. Pair baking supplies with a kid-friendly cookbook like one of these: http://dailyparent.com/articles/the-15-best-cookbooks-for-kids/.
 
6. DIY Science Kit

Many kids love science and learning through cause and effect. Being able to put something together themselves or witnessing a reaction is tons of fun! Check out this list of DIY science kits for children: http://nontoygifts.com/top-11-diy-science-kits-for-kids/. Another great resource is the Science & Discovery Toys section on the Toys”R”Us website: http://www.toysrus.com/products/science-and-discovery-toys.jsp.

7. Musical Instrument

Learning a musical instrument is exciting! It takes patience, practice, and hard work, but leaves them with a creative skill that can become a lifelong hobby or, perhaps, even a career. A musical instrument can be paired with an instructional book, DVD, or prepaid series of classes at a local music shop.

8. A Gift From the Heart

One of the most special gifts that can be given are those from the heart. A handmade card or self-composed and performed song, dance, or poem are all very thoughtful. Another idea is a book of photos of you and the child. Regardless of what it is, a gift that you make will be memorable and kind.

9. Books

Children, or adults, for that matter, cannot have too many books. Reading expands the mind and encourages analytical thinking, as well as empathy for people different than oneself.

10. Journals
A journal is a simple, yet thoughtful gift. This can be given on its own or along with a special pen. You can personalize it by giving a list of journal prompt ideas. For journal prompt inspiration, check out this link: https://www.journalbuddies.com/prompts-by-grade/elementary-writing-journal-prompt-ideas-for-kids/.


Let us know which of these birthday gift ideas you went with, in the comments section below.

Why Being Compassionate Towards Those On The Autism Spectrum Is So Important - By Savannah Slone

April is Autism Awareness Month and, as a mother to a child with autism, I wanted to share my perspective on compassion and how it relates to how you treat those on the spectrum.

Autism spectrum disorder is currently present in 1 out of every 68 children in the U.S (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0327-autism-spectrum-disorder.html). These numbers have increased exponentially over time and will most likely increase, if the pattern continues. With rates having increased 30% since 2012, we need to increase autism awareness so that children can begin receiving the help that they need as early as possible.

My now three-year-old son was developing normally until he hit a regression at 15 months. He became more serious and rigid and began toe walking, flapping his hands, spinning in circles, and lining up his toys. He lost his 10-word vocabulary and his interest in other children. This happened basically overnight and inspired me to do some research. With a concern of autism, I discussed his behaviors with his doctor. She recommended looking into getting a diagnosis and beginning early intervention services.

After my son received his diagnosis, at 21-months, he began speech, occupational, and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. He has since made incredible progress and mainly only struggles with social issues, transitions, and a slightly lesser vocabulary than his fellow three-year-old peers. He is now in an autism specific preschool program and absolutely loves it.

While my son has made amazing strides, I worry over the possibility of another regression in the future. I also fear how his “normally” developing peers will treat him in the future. According to a study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network, “A total of 63% of 1,167 children with ASD, ages 6 to 15, had been bullied at some point in their lives” (https://www.iancommunity.org/cs/ian_research_reports/ian_research_report_bullying). Knowing that the majority of children on the spectrum have been bullied breaks my heart for my son.

The most effective way of lowering this tragic statistic is through educating our neurotypical children on what autism is and what an affect their words can make on a person. “Autism”, as defined by Autism Speaks, “refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences” (https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism). According to Psychology Today, children with autism are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201303/new-research-autism-and-suicide). If those with autism felt more accepted, I have no doubt that this statistic would be lower.

One form of educating your kids about autism is through children’s books on the topic. Below is a list of seven titles to read with your children.

1. “My Friend with Autism” by Beverly Bishop
https://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Autism-Enhanced-Coloring/dp/193527418X

2. “My Brother Charlie” by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Charlie-Holly-Robinson-Peete/dp/0545094666

3. “Everybody is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism” by Fiona Bleach
https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Charlie-Holly-Robinson-Peete/dp/0545094666

4. “Hello, My Name is Max and I Have Autism: An Insight into the Autistic Mind” by Max Miller
https://www.amazon.com/Hello-Name-Max-Have-Autism/dp/1496922980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491247470&sr=8-1&keywords=Hello%2C+My+Name+is+Max+and+I+Have+Autism%3A+An+Insight+into+the+Autistic+Mind

5. “I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism” by Pat Thomas
https://www.amazon.com/See-Things-Differently-First-Autism/dp/1438004796/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491247497&sr=8-1&keywords=I+See+Things+Differently%3A+A+First+Look+at+Autism

6. “Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book” by Celeste Shally
https://www.amazon.com/Since-Were-Friends-Autism-Picture/dp/1616086564/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491247507&sr=8-1&keywords=Since+We%27re+Friends%3A+An+Autism+Picture+Book

7. “All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism” by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
https://www.amazon.com/All-My-Stripes-Children-Autism/dp/1433819171/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491247517&sr=8-1&keywords=All+My+Stripes%3A+A+Story+for+Children+with+Autism

By talking to your children about autism, and other developmental disorders, they will understand that they ought to be treated with respect as equals. Raising compassionate kids can truly save lives.

Cut Your Ties with Negative Self-Talk By Savannah Slone

We need to work together to further normalize owning our sense of self-confidence. While putting ourselves down constantly, we’re making life a lot harder than it needs to be. We’re all just doing our best and we need to acknowledge that. 

 

I want to start out by saying that while we do have a major problem, there are a lot of incredible things happening in terms of improved self-esteem right now in social media. For example, if you peruse through the search results of the hashtag #bodypositive on any social media platform, your electronic device will be flooded with exactly what we want to see even more of. People of varying genders, races and body types are owning their thin and curvy bodies, their ribs and cellulite, their acne and skin conditions, and so on.
You can find more body positive social media campaigns here: https://www.bustle.com/articles/75539-9-body-positive-social-media-campaigns-that-are-changing-how-we-perceive-beauty-both-in-and.

When we are constantly fed what we ought to look like, act like and dress like, we realize that those standards are unmanageable. Whether a person doesn’t have the desire to lose weight, struggles to stick to healthy eating, or suffer from a health condition, they shouldn’t be shamed into feeling that they are any less beautiful or worthy of love. They shouldn’t ever have to feel any less, in general. This goes for slimmer folks, as well. By placing a serious mental illness, such as an eating disorder, on a person because they are thin can be equally hurtful. Thyroid issues, for example, can cause people to struggle to gain weight, just as they can have the opposite effect on others. While there are countless other health reasons that a person might be unable to lose or gain weight, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are conditions that many face. To learn more about these two conditions and the difference between the two, visit: http://www.everydayhealth.com/thyroid-conditions/hypothyroidism-vs-hyperthyroidism-whats-the-difference.aspx. With those points being made, it is in your best interest to never put down another person’s weight, especially when you don’t know what they might be going through.

Through magazines, television shows, movies, billboards, commercials and so forth, we are presented with images of photoshopped, sexualized objects rather than the average woman that the majority of us can better relate to. Check out this Daily Mail article that demonstrates how even models can’t live up to the standards their photos portray: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2522642/Models-dont-look-better-rest-Photographers-self-portrait-series-proves-just-deceptive-beauty-campaigns-be.html. We’re stuck in a rut of putting our time and souls into attempting to live up to this image of perfection that doesn’t exist.

When we’re all walking around in our own self-doubting bubbles, wondering what others are thinking of us, it turns out that we’re all too busy stuck in this sick cycle to even have the opportunity to be judging others. When you catch yourself participating in that thought process, correct the situation by smiling at or complimenting someone. Not only will you be ending your own negative self-talk, but you’ll be making others feel better about themselves, as well. When we put all of our energy into comparing ourselves, we lose the chance to focus on how we can be more satisfied in life. Upon making this shift, we can begin empowering others through practicing kindness and sharing that we’re letting go of the self-doubt voice in our head. 

While on the topic of being kind, a great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly subscription box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness, gratitude, and even learn new ways to improve self confidence. Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

We ought to start building each other up, focusing on bettering ourselves on the inside and begin practicing positive self-talk. Below is a list of examples of what positive self-talk looks like.

I am capable.

I am worthy.

I am beautiful.

I am enough.

I am loved.

I am confident.

I am self-aware and in control of my own life.

I am no more or less than anyone else.

I can grow during tough times.

I am kind.

I am helpful.

I am able.

I am powerful.

Read this Psychology article titled, “The Power of Positive Self-Talk”: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hope-relationships/201605/the-power-positive-self-talk.

With an increase in awareness of your negative self-talk, you will remind yourself that you are, indeed, enough. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Five Children's Books That Encourage Kindness

Get it Going is all about teaching Kindness! Enjoy one of these books with your children in addition to our monthly activities! www.getitgoingnow.com

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1. Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
Written by: Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa

Within this book, Mrs. Ruler teaches her students that kindness is cool. Her kindergarteners help fill their classroom’s kindness bulletin board upon their completion of good deeds. You can purchase “Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler” here (https://www.amazon.com/Kindness-Cooler-Ruler-Margery-Cuyler/dp/0689873441/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488820808&sr=8-1&keywords=Kindness+is+Cooler%2C+Mrs.+Ruler).

Photo Source: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Kindness-Is-Cooler-Mrs-Ruler/Margery-Cuyler/9780689873447

2. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids
Written by: Carol McCloud
Illustrated by: David Messing

This book teaches children to be bucket fillers rather than bucket dippers. Little readers learn the importance of kindness, love, and gratitude. You can purchase “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids” here (https://www.amazon.com/Have-Filled-Bucket-Today-Bucketfilling/dp/099609993X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488820825&sr=8-1&keywords=Have+You+Filled+A+Bucket+Today%3F+A+Guide+to+Daily+Happiness+For+Kids).

Photo Source: http://didyouknowfacts.com/books-will-teach-kids-kind/

3. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed
Written by: Emily Pearson
Illustrated by: Fumi Kosaka

Young readers witness the ripple effect of practicing kindness, as they read this book. While someone might feel “ordinary”, they can feel important when they brighten the lives of others. You can purchase “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” here (https://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Marys-Extraordinary-Emily-Pearson/dp/0879059788/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488820840&sr=8-1&keywords=Ordinary+Mary’s+Extraordinary+Deed).
Photo Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ordinary-marys-extraordinary-deed-emily-pearson/1101968444
 

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4. What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
Written by: Rana DiOrio
Illustrated by: Stéphane Jorisch

While reading this book, children will see what a difference kindness makes. Practicing acts of kindness comes across as courageous within this read. “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?” goes beyond spreading kindness to fellow people, by including animals, our planet and ourselves. You can purchase “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?” here (https://www.amazon.com/What-Does-Mean-Be-Kind/dp/1939775094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488820855&sr=8-1&keywords=What+Does+It+Mean+to+Be+Kind%3F).

Photo Source: http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2015/08/25/what-it-means-to-be-kind-rana-diorio/
 
 



5. Good People Everywhere
Written by Lynea Gillen
Illustrated by: Kristina Swarner

“Good People Everywhere” encourages gratitude, compassion and the significance of practicing kindness. This book demonstrates the acts of kindness performed by a variety of people around the world and is a great reminder that humanity is still alive and well. You can purchase “Good People Everywhere” here (https://www.amazon.com/Good-People-Everywhere-Lynea-Gillen/dp/0979928982/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488820872&sr=8-1&keywords=Good+People+Everywhere). 

Photo Source: https://goodpeopleeverywhere.wordpress.com

Written By Savannah Slone  www.savannahslonewriter.com

Five Reasons to Practice Kindness with Your Kids

As parents, we often reflect on whether or not we’re “doing it right”. We want so many things for our kids—we want them to be happy, educated, cultured, musical, driven, and the list goes on. Above all, however, we want them to be good people. To raise our children into solid, compassionate adults, we need to instill a deep-rooted sense of kindness from an early age. We have compiled a small handful of the many reasons you ought to be practicing kindness with your kids.

1. Practicing kindness opens the door to empathy.

Empathy, to paraphrase Merriam-Webster, is the ability to be aware of another person’s feelings, experiences and emotions through putting yourself in their shoes. We can all benefit from offering and receiving empathy, so beginning to understand such a concept as a child is ideal. When children are kind to others, they are fortunate enough to witness another person’s body language and facial expression transform into joy. To recognize someone else’s happiness is an excellent starting off point in understanding empathy. This also gives children the opportunity to notice when people are experiencing feeling other than joy and happiness. Children feel and acknowledge a range of emotions, so when they notice it in others, they can relate to them. That, my friends, is empathy. Moments of emotion recognitions, such as those, are the perfect opportunities to offer support through the practice of kindness.

2. Practicing kindness lowers the chance of bullying.

Bullying is, unfortunately, something that many children are exposed to through their educational experiences. Not all children are kind and not all children have examples in their lives to understand why being anything other than compassionate and empathetic towards one’s peers is unacceptable. Kids bully fellow kids for a multitude of reasons. Whether it be gender, race, developmental levels, social class, fashion, or anything else, being bullied never feels good. Due to your child’s newfound understanding of empathy, practicing kindness will make your child want to be a more compassionate person in their everyday lives. If more children focused on how they feel, how they want to feel and how they want to make others feel, bullying would drastically reduce.

3. Practicing kindness increases your child’s likelihood to stand up for others.

Your child’s enhanced relationship with empathy will not only make them want to abstain from bullying, but it will result in wanting to stop bullying, as well. Having lived an example of what kindness looks like, they will be more likely to notice when situations are unkind. Wanting to help make others feel better, your child will want to correct the cruelty they witness.

4. Practicing kindness inspires a healthy sense of self-esteem.

Practicing kindness makes children (not to mention, adults) feel caring and, thus, appreciated. People who are kind in their lives are more grounded in who they are and are, therefore, the holders of a deep level of self-confidence. By being effortlessly giving and a presenter of happiness, your child will feel important. The feelings of worthiness, importance and kindness are all healthy building blocks of self-esteem.

5. Practicing kindness improves your child’s relationship with gratitude.

Through the practice of kindness, children observe the gratitude of others toward them. By being kind, they learn what thankfulness looks like and are able to mirror it. While practicing kindness, children often want to feel gratitude to confirm that they played a part in bettering that person’s day. Through experiencing how it feels to be thanked, they will want to be more verbally appreciative, themselves.

For activities to facilitate kindness each month that are delivered right to your door visit www.getitgoingnow.com
Stay tuned for more posts on kindness, compassion, parenting, confidence and more!

By Savannah Slone www.savannahslonewriter.com