Visiting Museums is an experience every child should have. We had such a great time being showcased at the Glazer Children’s Museum, we decided to create and share our own “Must Visit” Children’s Museum List! Please feel free to share your own museum experiences and we’ll be sure to add your recommendations to our “Must Visit” list.
The first lessons of kindness can begin as young as early childhood. In fact, it's one of the top 10 important steps taken by parents to raise successful children who go on to become some of the most productive in society, according to Dr. L.B. Aknin, Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University.
As a mom of not one, but two amazing toddlers, I've been putting this to the test in my own home. It all started when the 1st birthday, 1st holiday, and the 1st "just because" days that started with their grandparents. Before I knew it, my home was transforming into a combination of a toy store and baby gym. By the 3rd round of birthdays and "just because days", I decided I've got to teach these babies about the importance and power of giving to others who are less fortunate or even create their own "just because days of giving!" Oh and let's not forget saving mommy and daddy's foot soles. Plus, grandma, papa, nana and grandpupa had lots more from where that came from!!
So one day after building the courage to teach them this lifelong lesson of giving, as opposed to the silent attack of doing it while they were at school or asleep and pretending to search for the "missing toy!" I explained to them the concept of gratefulness and giving. Despite the initial hesitation, I ended up with their full buy-in, with them identifying at least one baby toy they could give away. We packed the toys up in the car trunk and were off to make our first donation.
Since that first occasion, we have given at least two more times and they have now adjusted by often saying: "mommy those toys are for the other children right?" I smile and say yes, with a huge sigh of relief for dodging another toddler tantrum and an imaginary high five for another life lesson learned.
Let's teach our babies how to BTFOK every day!
Special Thanks To
Guest Blogger, Takiyah Joseph, MSW, RCSWI
Mommy & family Therapist!
Until next time... #bethefacekindness
Most of the time we believe that the individuals assigned such duties - such as officers, firemen, librarians, etc. - have everything under control. However, it wouldn’t hurt to help. Both adults and children should be getting involved in their community. Teaching the younger generation to be more helpful and compassionate is key to ultimately creating a better society on a whole!
Why BTFOK? There are so many ways we can all "Be The Face Of Kindness"! I honestly couldn't cover it in this one blog. However, I can start by showing you WHY we should. I know we've all heard it over and over again, to be kind to one another, to do random acts of kindness, kindness is free, etc. While all these statements are amazing and true, it may leave us thinking that being kind is a responsibility outside of ourselves.