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Adopt a Family - Gift left secretly for a family in need

by Stephanie Partridge

As a single mom raising three kids on her own, our Christmases were sometimes a little scant.  But while we did not have much by way of money or material goods, we had loads of love.  We still do.  We, the kids and I, have always felt rich, fortunate.  My daughter always says, "We don't have much, but we have everything."  And it is that philosophy that led us to a very special project a few years ago that became a Christmas tradition for our family.

One year, several years ago, we learned of a family who would not have much for Christmas.  Both parents had been laid off and they were struggling just to put food on the table.  They had two young children and it bothered my kids that these little ones would not have any Christmas presents.

Now, you have to realize here that I have three of the most tender hearts in the world residing within my children.  They became aware of the situation and they began worrying about the family.  They worried about how the parents felt because they couldn't give their children a Christmas.  They worried about the children because they wouldn't understand why Santa did not visit them.

So they put their heads together and came up with a solution.  They wanted to "adopt" the family.READ More on Adopt a Family for Christmas

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WinnerIt's always important to convince your child that they can succeed. Children often have a lot of self-doubts, due to the many challenges of childhood, such as peer pressure and competitiveness at school. As a result, as a parent we should try to find ways to not only encourage our children, but actually inspire them to find ways to reach their own personal best.

At the core of a child's ability to do their best is their sense of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. While it's important to have a certain amount of discipline in the household, we should take care to approach this more from the aspect of reinforcing good behavior, and less from a standpoint of calling attention to bad behavior. When children receive praise and encouragement, they often become inspired to achieve more. A good way of doing this is to make an effort to notice and compliment the things that your child is doing, even if they are small actions.READ More on Inspiring Kids to Do Their Best

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by Jennifer Shakeel

Kids Helping Kids

Kids Helping Kids

KIDS CAN and DO Make a DIFFERENCE! Each and every day kids are learning ways to make a difference in the world that they live in. At my son's school, the sign outside of the schools says "Be the change you want to see in the world." One of the most popular clubs at the school is the Junior Optimist club. To me, that is just awesome. This gave us here at more4kids.info the idea of putting together the names of a few inspirational kids that have and are being the change they want to see in the world.

The first child is Tyler Page who started a charity through KidsHelpingKids.  He was inspired to save the life of a child he would never meet in Ghana. After seeing an Oprah show where the topic was child trafficking, Tyler decided that he had to do something so that children like him were not bought and sold for physical labor. He had been learning in school about Positive Action, which is where children reach out and help others by picking up trash, paying it forward, and doing other activities in their community to make it better. Tyler figured out that he could save the life of 1 child for $240 a year (or $20 a month). He decided to have a car wash. This was so successful he decided to raise his goal from one child to 200 children. He is asking for us all to pitch in and donate to his charity. This can be done at the link above.

Kids Making a Difference

Kids Making a Difference

The next child I want to talk about is a young lady by the name of Stephanie. In June 2000 Stephanie  ( a then 8 year old) started a charity called "Kids Making a Difference."  Stephanie was inspired after reading an article about an injured baby manatee in her local paper. She knew that she had to do something to help manatee. She started by making manatee pins and selling them to her friends and family to help raise money to increase the public awareness about manatees. The wonderful thing was that not only did she raise money, and increase awareness, she also got other kids excited and they wanted to join in. That is how Kids Making a Difference was created. Today Stephanie is 17, and she still heads up the charity. It is an organization run by kids for kids:READ More on Inspirational Kids: Kids Who Have Achieved Great Things

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How to Teach Kids to Learn From Their Mistakes without Getting Frustrated

by Jennifer Shakeel

Turn a "can't do it" into a "can do it" learning opportunity

Turn a "can't do it" into a "can do it" learning opportunity

Although we as parents often wish to shield our child from the frustration and disappointment of making mistakes, it's important to realize that making mistakes is part of an important learning process in life. No matter how hard we might try to always do things right, making mistakes is one thing that is always part of life, regardless of whether we are young or old. It is important to teach a child that making a mistake isn't fatal, and that they can use mistakes as a way of learning to find better ways to be successful.

Children often become very disappointed and discouraged when they fail at something or make a mistake. For example, if a child doesn't do well at a school play audition or makes errors that prevent them for being selected for the baseball team, they sometimes can interpret the mistakes they made as failure, or as a sign that they aren't any good at these types of activities. As parents, we need to be able to show a child that when they make a mistake, this is simply an opportunity to learn.READ More on Teaching Kids to Learn From Their Mistakes

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"To the World you might be just one person … but to one person you might be the world"

It does not always take a lot to make a difference in someones lives. To some people, to some children even a dollar or two can make a world of difference. One of the hardest things for me is seeing a child that is hurting, lonely or sick. One organization that is helping make a difference through almost all volunteer activity is Love without Boundaries. You can learn more about them through our recent interview we did with them: Hope for a Child.

Here are some current needs that will really make a difference in the life of a child:

Margaret

Margaret

Margaret was found abandoned by the gate of an orphanage last month. She was a bit jaundiced the first few days at her orphanage but her color is pink now. Margaret has a very large teratoma on her lower back area that needs to be surgically removed as soon as possible before it becomes cancerous. The teratoma is so large that she is forced to sleep on her side to get comfortable. Aside from the teratoma, Margaret is developing really well and is a very alert baby. She follows people around the room with her eyes and she likes listening to people talk to her. She has learned to stretch her little body every morning when she wakes up and after a diaper change. Would you please consider helping this little girl receive a much needed surgery? To learn more and help this child visit Love Without Boundaries.

Haley

Haley

Haley is a sweet 10 month old who has been getting stronger every day after her cleft lip and palate repair. She is beginning to walk with assistance and is described as "trying to take each step with the precision of a dancer." She also likes to get the attention of her caregivers whenever they attend to another baby. Won't you consider sponsoring little Haley so she can grow up with the one to one attention of a foster family?  To learn more and help this child visit Love Without Boundaries.READ More on Making a Difference this Holiday Season

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Kimberley Munley Hero who stopped Fort Hood shooter

Kimberley Munley Hero who stopped Fort Hood shooter

I write this article as a parent sitting here thinking how we can talk to our kids about the insanity that recently happened at Fort Hood. How can we help our kids make sense of it when we ourselves cannot make sense of it?

Bad things happen, and there are bad people in the world. What is important is not to dwell on this, but dwell on how we, how good people react to such situations. While Fort Hood showed us some of the worst in people, it also showed us best in people, in us and in humanity. Lets talk to our kids about two of many heroes we are leaning about.

One such hero we are leaning about is Kimberly Munley, 34, mother of two girls. She was able to get there in just 4 minutes. She did not have time to think, just react. When she saw the shooter chasing an already wounded soldier she instantly fired. "He turned to her and charged, firing rapidly. She returned fire and fell to the ground to help protect herself," said Chuck Medley, director of Fort Hood's emergency services. Kimberly was able to hit the suspect, and end the worst shooting we have seen on a U.S. military base. However, in the process, she took a bullet in each leg and wrist.

To me a true hero is not someone who thinks about doing what is right, but one who simply does what is right without thinking! Kimberly is definitely one such hero.READ More on Talking to Your Kids about Fort Hood

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Boo! Hosting a spoo-tacular Halloween Party

Boo! Hosting a spoo-tacular Halloween Party

It is that time of year! Fall leaves are blanketing the ground, pumpkins can be seen on most porches, stores are stocked with spooky costumes and more candy then any youngster could imagine. That's right; Halloween is just around the corner. This means fall parties at school and costume parties at home. Every little kid dreams of turning their house into the spookiest house on the block and having all their friends over for scary games and a huge junk food fest.  If you are feeling brave and want to host the best Halloween party but aren't sure of where to start read on.

The first thing to consider is the age of your children and their friends. The party games and themes are going to be different for older children, scary blood and gore really doesn't have a place at a party for 5 year olds. Then you are going to need to think about how many guests you are going to have your child invite, and for the younger kids you need to think about whether you want their parent(s) to stay with them.

You can buy invitations for your party, or you can get creative on the computer and create your own and then let your child color the invites. Remember this is their party, so letting them color with markers and glitter can be a lot of fun… and for the older kids stopping at WalMart and hitting the Halloween aisles where they can find fake blood, cob webs and other gross items they can even have fun making the invites. I recommend that on the invitation you put a start and end time this will help eliminate any confusion about how long the children are welcome to stay.READ More on Hosting the most Spoo-tacular Halloween Party!

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