The catastrophic events in Japan occur…and we read about a young child who donates her allowance to help the victims.
A village in Africa is without clean drinking water…and we hear about a child who collects money so that a well can be dug to provide fresh water for children he has never seen.
Children often amaze us with their acts of selflessness. Sometimes, they seem to see the bigger picture and are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish what needs to be done.
I recently discovered a wonderful organization that focuses on recognizing these wonderful children and encouraging others to become involved in their communities and in causes that they believe in.
According to the Kids Are Heroes founder, Gabe O’Neill:
“Kids Are Heroes is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.
We teach children to follow their passions at an early age. This will instinctively stay with them throughout their entire lives.
Kids are indeed heroes and each has the power to change the world.
To see how kids are making a huge impact and to see how YOU can become a hero, click on
Meet the Heroes
and then click on the Meet the Heroes tab.
Our kids are digging wells in Africa, helping orphans in India and building homes in Haiti.
They are recycling and cleaning up their neighborhoods, helping their local animal shelters and making life better for their neighbors.
And guess what? They are ALL just like YOU!”
Kids Are Heroes is a grassroots effort…if you believe that it is important to encourage young children to contribute to the community and to the world while they reach out and help others, please visit the Kids Are Heroes website, find out more about this fantastic organization and help build the Kids Are Heroes Day Wall. Show Me How’s brick is already there!
I already donate a portion of Show Me How book sales to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and to www.Bessthebookbus.org, a family/children’s mobile literacy outreach program. When I wrote the book, I intended to find three organizations that were child-centered in the areas of health, literacy and the environment. I’ve been missing the third…and I believe I have found it in Kids Are Heroes!
As parents, we are responsible for helping our children become good citizens of the world. Encouraging your child to take part in community service events, such as cleaning up a local park or play area, is one way. Listening to your child’s ideas is another…children often have wonderful suggestions on how to make life better for others. Kids Are Heroes was founded by Gabe O’Neill because his daughter, MaryMargaret wanted to help animals.
One of the cornerstones of Positive Parental Participation is listening to your children with respectful attention. All too often when we are busy, we push young ones aside because we feel we have more important things to do. After you read some of the stories of the child-heroes, you may change your mind.
Spend some quality time with your children today! If you are looking for great activities to do with them, pick up a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. Click on this link to my website and you will be able to purchase a signed copy at 50% off the cover price. For only $22.50, you will have a tremendous resource of 100’s of easy craft projects and simple recipes and picture book summaries and parenting tips. And if you want to buy two copies, each is only $20. This is a value-packed book and a great gift idea for a parent, preschool or kindergarten teacher, nanny, babysitter, grandparent, daycare provider or early childhood education student.
“I wish Show Me How had existed when my children were young.”
– Suzanne Williams, author of Princess Power series and over 30 other books
“What a lovely book! Parents will find inspiration in this delightful guide to planning activities.”
– Katharine Holabird, author of the Angelina Ballerina series
“A valuable, timely and timeless book…it’s sure to be a family favorite.”
– Sheila Glazov, author of What Color Is Your Brain
“Show Me How offers us a great tool to help our children become people of kindness.”
– Mary Newquist, Assistant Principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Selma, TX
“This book is an incredible resource for families wishing to foster their children’s sense of self-worth.”
– Dr. Jodi Harap, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Chicago, IL
“SMH Is a well-planned learning tool full of engaging, educational and family-oriented activities.”
– Peggy Hicks, MA, Special Education Teacher, Colorado Springs, CO
The summer has just begun…don’t let another day go by without this award-winning book by your side.