The best cure for chaos: helping kids in need

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We've had a long standing tradition in my family to give to kids in need every holiday season.  My husband and I started buying toys to toss into the Toys For Tots box when we were dating and passed the tradition onto our daughters once they were born. It's a great feeling to know kids in need will have a toy to open during the holidays. … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids To Give


Giving has been an important seasonal theme in this space since I went online 7 years ago. With Thanksgiving next week, many of us have a great deal to be thankful for. But with the impact of Sandy still being felt by too many people, it's hard to feel truly celebratory, especially since many of our friends and relatives are in those areas hardest hit. For them, they have a great deal to be … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids About Giving and Charity

We have a special tradition this time of year our entire extended family has come to value. We call it “the Charity Pie” tradition. Each year we make a small cash donation to a charity in the area who organizes meals for the homeless during the holidays. The charity works with a bakery and each donation is met with a yummy pie as a way of saying “thank you for making someone else’s holiday a bit … [Read more...]

Nigel Barker: helping a nonprofit promote awareness, beauty and amazing kids!


We live in a society obsessed with outside beauty so it's no wonder that parents whose children are born with any imperfection worry endlessly about how their child will be accepted in society. As parents, though, our job is to make sure our kids see themselves as much more than whatever obstacles are tossed their way, as tough as that may be. Adam and Donna Bell felt that anguish first hand in … [Read more...]