Saturday, May 1, 2010

How Common Are Good Deeds?

Good deeds may be more common than you think, and this video high lights some of the good deeds people are doing! It's wonderful to see that there are people who are making the world a better place. We can all do small things, doing something nice for a friend or a stranger only takes a minute and can make a huge difference in someone's life.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pay It Forward Week

Is it possible for one idea to change the world? Some good folks in Atlanta, GA believe it is. The idea or concept is called "NetWeaving" and they have declared April 26 – 30, 2010 to be Pay It Forward Week in Atlanta.

"NetWeaving" is a Golden Rule and a "Pay It Forward" form of networking which inspires people to be a 'connector' of others with their needs in mind, as well as a 'no-strings-attached resource' - doing both with the confidence to know that 'what goes around, does come back around'.
Isn't that beautiful and brilliant? What if we each "hosted" a meeting to introduce two people whom we, "the NetWeaver" believe would benefit from knowing each other, with their needs and interests in mind? This idea could spread all around the world and benefit so many people. Imagine if we did this once every month!

Head over to the NetWeaving site to learn more about Pay It Forward week and see how you can get involved.

The Power of Positive Thinking

You have a lot of power, more than you know and it all comes down to positive thinking. May this video inspire you and brighten your day!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Do Something Nice For Earth Day

We can do a little something towards making the world a better place on Earth Day and every day. Every year people all over the world observe Earth Day. Celebrate awareness and appreciation of the earth by using any of these ideas. They may help you plan your own Earth Day festivities.

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, there have been millions celebrating this date by helping to clean up their communities, watching or listening to speeches about the environment, and learning more about living green. Here are some other ideas for going green in appreciation for the planet we call home.

Share this delightful book with the young children in your life. Little critter is a favorite of my grandson and he never tires of having us read to him about little critter's adventures and lessons.

New Beginning

Here's a video to inspire you to make everyday a great day. Each day we have a new beginning...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mother's Day Origins and Traditions From Around The World

When we think of Mother's Day it's traditionally associated as a holiday for moms in the United States and Canada. What we may not realize is that Mother's Day has been around for centuries but not always in the same form as it is celebrated today. Mothers are also honored in nearly every country and culture around the world.

The earliest written record of honoring mothers comes from the ancient Egyptians. In fact, their practice of paying homage to their goddess Isis may be the very beginnings of our current Mother's Day celebrations as Isis was considered to be the mother of the Pharaohs.

In more recent years, motherhood was honored on the fourth Sunday of the Lenten season. However, this was more of a celebration to honor the church, or Mother church, where the mothers were baptized. The practice included decorating the place of worship with flowers and other symbols such as jewels to beautify the buildings. By the 1600s there was a decree that established Mothering Day, the forerunner of our current Mother's Day.

Mother's Day actually began in the United States in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation. This was a call to mothers who had lost sons during the Civil War to come together and celebrate peace and motherhood. This holiday, however, was never embraced nationally. It wasn't until Anna M. Jarvis began the process in 1908 that the holiday took off and was eventually declared a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.

Mother's Day celebrations take place all around the world. In Argentina, mothers are given dinners, poems, and gifts of appreciation. France began Mother's Day in 1945 and uses this day to give cakes shaped like flower bouquets, cards, and perfume. Mothers in India have special dinners prepared for them and receive telephone calls from their children. The Japanese celebrate Mother's Day by giving their mothers red carnations, scarves, and handbags.

Mexico celebrates Mother's Day on May 10 rather than the second Sunday of May. Traditionally they prepare a family brunch for mothers and celebrate with songs sung by family members. In the United Kingdom, moms are given flowers, cards and taken out for a special Mother's Day tea.

Mothers in the United States and Canada are shown thanks, appreciated and honored by their children giving them cards and gifts. They may be taken out for a special meal, be given flowers, or receive telephone calls from children who are far from home. Chocolate is another common Mother's Day gift and breakfast served and prepared by the children, with a little help is also a common tradition.

If it weren't for mothers, none of us would be here so it's nice to remember our moms once a year in a special way. And since people around the world honor their moms, isn't it a good idea to do the same for your own?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Morals Teaching Children To Do The Right Thing

Morality is the code of conduct in which one decides right from wrong. Raising a child with good morals, especially in today's world, isn't always easy. You may want to follow some of these tips to teach your child this important character trait.

Although morality is often defined in terms of religion, it is much more than a religious concept. Morals are also defined by society, philosophy and conscience. They are the center of how people make ethical decisions.

What can parents do to ensure their children learn morals? Here are some suggestions:

Know your own morals and values. Think about the things and people that are important to you. Use those as the basis for how you make decisions and as the starting point to determine the things you do.

Do the right thing, be a good moral role model. It's often said that when it comes to children, more is caught than taught! This means they'll watch what you do, how you act and react to situations, and how moral you are to learn morality. By being a good role model, they're more likely to follow your positive examples rather than ones you may not be proud of.

Live with integrity. You expect your children to be honest, so model honesty before them. You'll have a hard time convincing your child honesty is important if you tell someone a lie. This sends a mixed message to your children, and may make your child think honesty isn't as important as you say.

Respect others. Children may begin treating others the way they see you treat those in your life. If you're disrespectful your children may disrespectful.

Foster good feelings. Do what you can to help your child develop a sense of their own worth: a strong sense of self. By having self-esteem, your child won't have to get the approval of their peers. Instead, they will be able to make rational choices based on their values and self-worth.

Help your child learn to think for themselves, which will allow them to make wise decisions rather than depending on the influence of others to make them. With the various external influences today such as; peers, television, movies, and music. You really want your children to know how to think on their own.

Children and teens that learn to make their own decisions and stand on their own two feet are more likely to do the right thing. They may also stand up for the underdog if they see someone being mistreated. Having strong moral principles will help your child make the right decisions.

Ultimately, as the parent, you have the most influence on your children's moral development. Help them establish good self-esteem, to think for themselves, and model morality before them. They'll see how important morality is to you and will follow in your footsteps. Thus creating a caring community and making the world a better place.