When the weather grows cold and snowfalls are deep, build a snowman or two, with kids!
Teach kids not to become upset if a passerby grabs and runs off with the snowman's hat and scarf, just don the snowmen with another.
Perhaps the person was homeless or shivering with fright on a cold day or night, and your offerings warmed both body and spirit.
Random acts of kindness are a way for children to put compassion for others into practice.
Perhaps there are elderly or homebound neighbors in your neighborhood who would appreciate a kind word or gesture.
Suggestion: Send a postcard that is sure to lift the spirits. No return address, send it anonymously, and although the recipient may wonder just who the sender is they will undoubtedly smile over the sender's virtue of kindness.
The Spirit of Christmas is GIVING, a year-round virtue applicable to all living things.
Do not forget dogs (and cats) in animal shelters awaiting new forever homes.
If the kids in your care are too young to volunteer at a local animal shelter, perhaps saving and spending a few pennies from their weekly allowance on treats for the pets and animals in the shelter is something these children can do.
Spread a bit of sunshine into the lives of others!
Wearing this sunshine pin in plain sight wherever you go is a surefire way to ignite a warm smile upon the face of all who see it.
Spreading sunshine is my favorite way to make someone's day! And, it is absolutely amazing how I am blessed by the rays bouncing right back at me.
Begin each day with a breakfast of super foods, energizing both body and brain for embracing and implementing change.
A two-page spread in the book "Change The World Before Bedtime" was the inspirational rhyme and reason for my food serving tray design.
How true it is that we need feed ourselves a healthy diet to keep up the energy to make a positive difference in the lives of others and our own.
As a child of the earth, how will you help to CHANGE THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME?
Francis, I still enjoy a good true adventure book!
I agree with Ruth, as I very much enjoyed non-fiction. I particularly liked true adventure.
I agree with you that fiction reading is definitely not the only way to feed a child's imagination and creativity. As a child I much preferred non-fiction, or at least books based on real life adventure and usefulness. I still do.
I think fiction books for kids are overrated. Some believe fiction is the only way to spark the imagination and creativity and this is simply not true. In my experience children don't really care what kind of book is read to them, if it is entertaining and they got a feeling they can use the acquired knowledge somewhere in 'real' life (I sometimes call this a-ha moment).
Thanks for introducing this title!
Absolutely, Claudia! In fact, you just reminded me of the last page in the book and I'll add an 'inside the cover' view. Thank you!
These are great thoughts to be putting into a child's mind before bedtime. In the child's dreams ideas can be created.
How sweet a reading memory you and your Mum shared, Jasmine Ann! I, too, think it's wonderful that children can learn ways to make our world a better place, and enjoy the reading of a book while doing so.
What a wonderful page! I was talking with my Mum yesterday about how she and Dad used to read to me every evening when I was a child and how much it mean to me and also I still retain a love of reading now. I love the idea of children learning these wonderful, helpful and compassionate ways to make the world a better place.
Coletta, it is a pleasure to be reading children's books and sharing them with the children of the world in my reviews.
Sally is blushing as she grins from ear to ear!
Ruthi, it is so cool seeing Sally in her role as Books for Kids Ambassador. She's such a doll! And, about the books you and Sally choose, the absolute best. Thank you so much for helping adults pick out books that will help our kids become better people and responsible inhabitants of our planet. Great job, as always!