Growing Social Responsibility

Growing Responsibility, Tips & Tools

Cultivating community interest and a sense that “we are in it together” in our children enhances their moral development and broadens their perspective, encouraging them to think beyond themselves.  Teaching social responsibility begins with modeling. You don’t teach your children who you want them to be…you teach them who you are. Start early!

  • Model sharing. When grocery shopping, help children pick out items to purchase that will be contributed to a food drive. Older children can be given a dollar amount to spend on these items, learning budgeting skills as well.
  • Grow and share. If your family has
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‘Tis the Season

Connection and love, Growing Responsibility, Routines, Tips & Tools
We are about to enter what might be considered “the season of stuff (and stuffing)” and I’m not referring to the food you put inside your Thanksgiving turkey. How does this happen? Well, it does feel good to give to others and it is wonderful to connect with friends and family around a full table of food. But there are other forces at work here. My sense is that in this part of the year when the days are shorter (in the northern hemisphere) we tend to lose our collective compass about what is really important in our lives. We take our cue from others and wonder if we are doing or buying or having enough. The media makes a push for spending money on things and fancy food. What would happen if we paused and asked ourselves what really matters in the long run?
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A (more) Connected Thanksgiving

Connection and love, Growing Responsibility, Routines, Tips & Tools
What would happen if the focus for Thanksgiving were less on the “production” and more on “connection?” What if the meal didn’t have to turn out exactly as expected but the family at the table told great stories or even stories that had never been heard before? What if you learned about Grandpa’s trip across the country, or how Aunt Ruth was the first person in the family to go to college? What if at the end of the day you felt closer to the people you define as family?
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Holiday Rituals – Old ones? New ones?

Connection and love, Growing Responsibility, Mutual Respect, Routines, Tips & Tools

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD, Positive Discipline Lead Trainer Our community is made up of all sorts of different kinds of families from many different cultures and traditions. There are lots of holidays and special events in this season when the nights are longer and the days are shorter. Your family may have special traditions or rituals that you and your children enjoy – or not! Rituals are like seasonal routines. They can offer structure and security in times of increased chaos. Being part of a family with healthy rituals can give children a sense of belonging, comfort and predictability. …

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