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3 Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holidays

3 Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holidays

The holidays are a time to spend with family, enjoy delicious meals and celebrate one another. This season, you and your little ones can help out in your community to spread joy to those that need it most. Here are three ways kids can give back during the holidays:

Volunteer: There are so many ways you and your youngsters can volunteer! You can serve food at a soup kitchen or take cookies to a nursing home, the possibilities are endless. This is a great way to make people smile that deserve love, affection and some yummy food!

Give thanks: Kiddos can write letters to family members telling them how much they love them. Your family can also give thanks by sending care packages to troops overseas to salute their efforts and hard work.

Donate: Your children can pick out presents to donate to Toys for Tots for kids less fortunate in your area. Explain to your youngsters that not everyone is fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays, which is why it’s important to be generous and share the joy of the holidays with others.

How will your family give back this year?

 

Play it Safe with Safety Sam

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in 2011, 230 of which were children under the age of 15. Educating our children about outdoor play safety and notifying drivers that there are children walking and playing on around the area are two important ways to keep them safe while playing outdoors.

To promote outdoor safety, we began making the KidAlert! V.W.S (Visual Warning Sign) in 2001. Now known as Safety Sam, he is an indication to “go slow” when driving on roads where he is placed. You may have seen him around your neighborhood, near daycares, playgrounds and schools.

Safety Sam is trying his best to keep neighborhoods and children safe, but we need to continue to spread the word about children pedestrian safety. Here are some of the top outdoor play tips we found from SafeKids.org:

  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe and aware while they are playing in the neighborhood
  • Educate kids on the importance of looking to the left, right and left again when crossing the street
  • Teach them to never run or dart out into the street even if their favorite ball or other toy begins to travel to the other side of the street
  • Inform kids of the reasons why they should not cross between parked cars
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Teach kids to be cautious and watch out for cars that are turning or backing up
  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths
  • Walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible

Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10. To be safe for children under the age of 10, tell them to not cross the street until the road is completely clear of cars.

Here are some Test Drive Bloggers that are making Safety Sam a part of their pledge to promote outdoor play safety around their neighborhood.

 


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Newly Crunchy Mama of 3 lives on a 1-way street where kids often play. She hopes that Safety Sam will remind drivers to slow down, especially when kids are playing.

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Go Graham Go is playing it safe as her son rides his bicycle around the neighborhood.

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Real Mom Reviews practices safety tips with her children. Although Safety Sam is small, he’s a powerful reminder to drivers to be careful while they are driving.

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WAHM Connect noticed that cars slow down when they saw Safety Sam on her street.

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The Simple Moms feels so strongly about children pedestrian safety that she is giving away a Safety Sam to one lucky winner! To enter, repost this image on Instagram before Labor Day weekend.

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The Rock Father keeps his Safety Sam on duty, especially when his daughters are playing outside.

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Mommy Testers plays it safe with Safety Sam as her daughter plays on her scooter.

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Baby Dickey knows the kids will be safe with Safety Sam patrolling the neighborhood.

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The Link Fairy believes her neighborhood is a safe place to play with Safety Sam.

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Thrifty Nifty Mommy thinks Safety Sam will help drivers to slow down and save lives!

In addition to these bloggers displaying Safety Sam in their community, they have also given a Safety Sam to a friend, neighborhood or relative to encourage road safety. Thank you to all the bloggers that participated in spreading the word about outdoor play safety!

We encourage you to educate your family about keeping kids safe while they play outside. What safety tips for outdoor play do you have?

Encouraging Kindness

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“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference,” said Kevin Heath, the CEO for More4kids.It is important to encourage our children to be kind. It may help build character, prevent bullying, and influence children to be nice to others.

Being a role model, exhibiting how to be kind, is a great way to teach kindness. There are also many other ways to encourage kindness:

Teach teamwork: Whether your children have a play date or are just playing together as siblings, when it comes to cleaning up afterwards, have them work together. Children can learn the value of teamwork just by helping each other.

Teach sharing: Learning to play in pairs is a great way to start teaching children how to share. During play activities that require two or more children, demonstrate how they can share toys as they play with each other. Sharing teaches children about giving.

Give thanks: Teach children how to compliment the people they come in contact with. A great way to do this is by complimenting or praising a friend or relative. Children will start to pick up on how being praised or complimented can make another person feel good.

Give to charity/community service: Encourage your family to help out in the community by cleaning the local park, visiting a nursing home, or fundraising for a good cause. By spending time together performing an act of kindness, children will realize they are benefiting the community and helping others who need assistance.

An example of kindness

26 Acts of Kindness is an initiative that was started by Ann Curry in December following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. She challenged people to perform 26 acts of kindness, one for each victim in their honor. Now, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Ann has asked for people to participate in 26 more acts, this time in honor of victims of the bombings at the 26th mile of the Boston Marathon.

These acts of kindness can be used as learning tools for children and may even encourage you and your family to spread the love and generosity.

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St. Germaine’s 4th grade class in Oak Lawn, Illinois sent well wishes to the Boston victims.

 

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A donation of twenty six hearts to the American Heart Associate, one in honor of each of the Sandy Hook victims.

 

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Jaide, who is three years old, ran her first 5k with her mom to honor Boston.

If you choose to participate in the 26 Acts of Kindness, we invite you to post your acts of kindness to the 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook page.

Encouraging kindness is like a never ending cycle, when you do something good for someone; someday someone may do something nice for you. Being kind can make brighten someone’s day and that is the best reward of all. Do you have suggestion on how to encourage kindness in children?