Tag: Service

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message for Us Today

When we think of the civil rights movement or we consider our current circumstances, we may think of a country divided. But Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and the vision that galvanized so many to act bravely in the face of fear, consisted of values that any person in any corner of the world can …

Parents as Servant Leaders

“It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.” – Albert Einstein Most leaders acquire their power from the choice of their social group to elevate individuals to that level. However, parents, by the very nature of our roles, serve in a leadership position while we raise our …

What’s Your Goal To Be Greater?

Check out NBC Parent Toolkit’s Goal To Be Greater campaign this back-to-school season! You can watch a short video of me and my eight-year-old son discussing our goal. There are also goals from The Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Kate Snow of NBC News, Mary Ellen Daneels, a high school civics teacher and more. Take this …

Citizen Kid

Though originally published during the winter holiday season, this article offers ideas for helping your child develop as a citizen all year long. Happy Fourth of July, to U.S. readers! And for all readers, I hope you enjoy the many thoughts on ways we can grow kids who feel connected to and take responsibility for …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Service Minded

– noticing others or environmental needs, feeling empathy and desiring a role in contributing to their or its well-being. About being service minded A service-minded person is both self and socially aware. She must know her own strengths and limitations. She sees what contributions she can make and how they relate to other’s unmet needs. …

Involving Kids in Service at Home and at School – A Podcast Interview with Rachel Choquette Kemper

This week I hope you’ll listen to Confident Parents, Confident Kids‘ very first podcast interview (20 minutes in length). The winter holiday season seems a perfect time to discuss giving and service. My guest, Rachel Choquette Kemper, M.Ed., in addition to being my longtime childhood friend, has been an educator for nearly twenty years. She is a …

A Rush of Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy I came into the bathroom this morning a little foggy-eyed to put on my makeup and get ready for the day as my son was putting on his …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Being Helpful

helpful /help-fel/ making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem willing to help other people1 About Being Helpful and Being Helped: The ability to help others requires self-awareness and social awareness. The helper must identify ways in which he can contribute to solving other’s problems or promoting another’s well-being. He must also have …

How Do You Live a Life with Heart?

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson As I work with E to diligently write the names of each of his class members on Valentine cards to celebrate the holiday this Friday, it raises a larger question. How am I …

Simple Ways to Honor the Value of Service and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr. What would the world be like if we all held a dream for peace, equality …

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