Teaching Compassion To Kids

Posted by Trishna Shah on May 5, 2011
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When I sent Nipun an email a couple of weeks back suggesting we start a new Cubs team at CharityFocus given how many of us in the ecosystem are parents now and keen to share CF's values with our kids, I had no idea that only 10 days later not only would the email group have been set up, but that 62 inspiring and passionate emails would have already circulated as well sharing such incredible stories, tremendous examples and posing thoughtful questions.  Makes me wonder if we should have set this group up a long time ago :)   While all of what CharityFocus currently does is universally relevant across age-groups, wouldn't it be neat to go a step further in making things particularly for kids/parents just to make it that much more accessible and relevant? 

Imagine... A DailyGood Kids Edition that might start off as a once a week newsletter that can be read out and discussed as a family and eventually become a daily newsletter that even kids receive directly in their inboxes -- let's face it, kids like Sareena are probably going to be using computers, the internet and email as soon as they learn how to read :)  A childrens/parents/teachers section on HelpOthers.org is already something we've been thinking about coordinating this year since doing acts of kindness is such a wonderful way to teach kids to be compassionate, as others have also mentioned.  We were thinking of including kindness stories written by or involving kids, downloadable tool-kits for parents/teachers, kindness ideas for children to try and even coming up with a children's Smile Deck! A Children's Channel on KarmaTube featuring videos that really speak to kids. Conversations with inspiring kids/parents that can be shared during story time before going to bed in the evening. Karma Kitchen Kids Day where the theme is child-friendly on that day and there are special activities designed to engage kids/families and maybe even have the kids volunteer! Wednesday Meditations once every few months for families with 10 minutes of silence followed by a child-friendly iJourney reading and discussion. Local Volunteer events to give children a chance to pay-it-forward and give out Smile Cards, hear-the-homeless and share a lunch and much more! I'm really looking forward to seeing how the new Cubs Team evolves!

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Comments (6)

  • Nipun wrote ...

    Ashish et al,

    This is truly awesome. Thanks for championing and implementing this efficient yet fulfilling service opportunity.

    Nipun

  • jordon bluestein wrote ...

    sounds like a great project. I'd like to participate. Let me know when the next marathon is. thanks, jordon

  • Randima Fernando wrote ...

    Hello! I'm so glad something like this is happening. Having support of a community is such a great asset!

    I just wanted to mention that Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org) might be an interesting resource for this group. We teach secular mindfulness to children and adults, so if you'd like us to come to a school, please let us know and we can try to make that happen.

    Take care and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

    Randy
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    info@mindfulschools.org

  • Trishna wrote ...

    Thanks Randy, we are huge fans of your org's work! :). Would you be interested in being part of the cubs group to share your knowledge and introduce ideas about meditation and children? We recently had a dialogue about how many parents are interested in coming together to introduce their kids to meditation and you seem to have the perfect background to contribute to that conversation :). From your involvement, I'd be surprised if there weren't more ripples including some parents loving the idea of your org coming to their children's schools! What do you think? :)

  • Trishna wrote ...

    Thanks Randy, we are huge fans of your org's work! :). Would you be interested in being part of the cubs group to share your knowledge and introduce ideas about meditation and children? We recently had a dialogue about how many parents are interested in coming together to introduce their kids to meditation and you seem to have the perfect background to contribute to that conversation :). From your involvement, I'd be surprised if there weren't more ripples including some parents loving the idea of your org coming to their children's schools! What do you think? :)

  • Vaishali Chadha wrote ...

    This sounds wonderful. Please let me know how I can help out. I would love for my kids to learn mediation and the wonderful things mentioned by Trishna and Randy. As a mom of an 11yr and 6yr old this is a pivotal time.