Riding in Cars With Kids, Hoagies and Fanny Packs

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I’ve come to realize that there is absolutely no way that I will be able to post everyday about my Reading Challenge discoveries.  Life gets in the the way of that – and I do not mean that to sound negative.  Yesterday, I spent a lovely day with my girls visiting one of our favorite indoor play areas and then took them bowling in the afternoon.  I am so lucky to be able to take the day and live it with my children.  So, I will post as frequently as life allows about my Reading Challenge finds and I will enjoy my children,  except maybe when one or both of them is engaged in a meltdown of epic proportions.  Then, I will just tolerate them.

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Enhanced Kid Car Photo (Photo credit: clappstar)

Day 3:  Today, I followed the recommendation of the WordPress Reader and discovered some truly inspired writing.      I clicked on the link to Free Little Words and landed on a post about car trips with loud children.  YES!  I can relate to this.  My little darlings each have a healthy set of lungs and they love to use them in unison, in the car and especially when mommy has a headache.  Or so it seems anyway.  Keladelaide at Free Little Words vividly describes different types of car rides with young children that any parent who drives can relate to and makes you see the humor in them.   She writes about love in all its forms.  The love between mother and sons, brothers, lovers, friends and anywhere that love exists.  On the origins of the title, she writes, “The name of my blog came to be from those three little words we all wish to hear whether it be from a parent, child, lover or partner. ’Free’ was substituted for ‘three’ because they don’t cost anything to say and my little guy, then 2, could not say three properly-it came out as free.”

 

Dodgy Wawa Hoagie! (Hi-Res).

Dodgy Wawa Hoagie! (Hi-Res). (Photo credit: stev.ie)

Day 4:  I can hardly believe it, but I discovered a blog post today that contained the word “hoagie” in the title.  Do you know what a hoagie is?  If not, you must go read this wonderful post on an incredibly fascinating topic at The Misfortune of Knowing.  It is all about American dialects and how people in different regions identify the same item by different terms.  I personally was excited by the word “hoagie” because, as this map demonstrates, it is highly unique to the greater Philadelphia area.  Dialects, here and abroad, have always been of interest to me.   I remember, when working at a camp in college, I had a bunch of coworkers from the UK and we had a hell of a laugh over the phrase Fanny Pack.  You see, counselors had to carry bright red Fanny Packs to hold camper medicines.  While Fanny Packs are highly unfashionable to the point of being comical here in the US, my new friends from the UK could not hear the phrase without smirking and elbowing each other.  You see, to them “fanny” was slang for a certain part of the female anatomy.  We had quite a few laughs that summer learning their vocabulary: fags (aka cigarettes), snogging (aka making out), and  having a kip (taking a nap), among others that are perhaps better not mentioned.

 

Interested in joining the reading challenge, discovering new blogs, encouraging fellow writers and expanding your blog’s exposure?  Here’s how!

 

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Reading Challenge Starts Monday!

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Summer Reading Challenge Rules:

  1. Display the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge Image on your website and link it back to this post.
  2. Read one blog that you have never visited each day from June 24th – August 18th. Explore other blogging platforms, click on suggested posts, ask others for suggestions – the only rule is that the blog must be “new to you.”
  3. Leave a comment for each of the bloggers whom you have discovered. You can offer support and constructive criticism or share knowledge and ideas.
  4. Share the blogs you have discovered in any way you see fit. Blog daily, compile weekly lists, or write a “This is How I Spent My Summer” post sharing all the links.

Follow these rules and by the end of the summer, you will have connected with 56 new bloggers and your exposure will have grown considerably. Better yet, you will be supporting your fellow writers who, like you, take the time and have the courage to share their thoughts and ideas with world using blogging as their medium.

via Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge.

A Brilliant Idea for Recognizing Random Acts of Kindness

SONY DSCI recently read an article in our local community newspaper, The Positive Press, and had to share.   The headline reads, “The People’s Choice Awards: Cinnaminson High School”, but it was really the first line of the article that caught my attention.  “Random acts of kindness are done every day by Cinnaminson High School students.”  Given my particular interest in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK), I read on and stumbled upon a brilliant idea conceptualized and launched years ago by a local educator.  Fourteen years ago, Robert Krastek, then the assistant principal, founded the People’s Choice Awards as a way to honor and celebrate kindness in school.  Each year since, teachers anonymously nominate students whom they have witnessed performing a RAK.  Those students are then presented with a People’s Choice Award at a ceremony during which they are told who nominated them and why.  This year, twenty-one students received the award for everything from befriending students sitting alone in the cafeteria to starting a school wide recycling project.

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The details of the article are slim when it comes to the actual ceremony, but I am picturing an assembly in the school auditorium during which these twenty-one students are honored for their kind deeds in front of their peers.  Along with the award, the students are presented with gift certificates donated by local businesses who also wanted to celebrate the actions of this special group of students.  Public recognition and prizes, many of which were gift certificates to local eating establishments, are a powerful motivator for teens and I have to believe that many students are motivated to be kinder to their peers in order to be an Award recipient.  While the initial motivation to be kind may be for selfish reasons, I believe that the pride one feels once they’ve completed a RAK becomes the motivator for ongoing kindness.    The People’s Choice Awards puts front and center the issue of kindness and allows for discussion among teachers and students about how each individual can make the world a happier place with their own kindness as the tool.   Mr. Krastek is no longer at the school, but his idea and its legacy lives on and I can’t help but wonder what might happen if every school adopted a similar program.

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“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Anonymous

How does your school or community group recognize Random Acts of Kindness?

How To Help Oklahoma Recover – UPDATE

I am watching CNN and in shock at the devastation that Mother Nature inflicted on Oklahoma.  As a mother, my heart aches for the children who lost their lives at their school today and for their families who have to move forward and pick up the pieces of their lives.  So many lives, young and old, lost.  So many homes destroyed.  So much still unknown about the extent of the damage.  As an American, I know it is my responsibility to take care of my fellow citizens in their time of need.  Do you feel the same?  Here are some ways that you can help:

1.  Support the American Red Cross

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999  to donate $10 to Disaster Relief efforts
  • Donate Online
  • Donate by phone – 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Donate blood

2.  Support the Salvation Army – mobilizing mobile kitchens to feed 2500

  • Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to support Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts
  • Donate Online

3.  Support Feeding America – pledged to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to Oklahoma

  • Give a monetary donation
  • Donate food to a local food bank

4.  Support Operation USA – mobilizing to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover

5.  Support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

  • Donate Online
  • Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10

UPDATE:  There are more and more organizations that are mobilizing to help with the recovery and rebuilding efforts and they are detailed below.  One of my readers made the point that if you want your donation to only be used for Oklahoma Tornado Relief, you should designate this on the donation form to be sure.  Go forth friends and do what you can to help the great citizens of Oklahoma in their time of need.  By sacrificing lunch out today and texting your $10 donation, you can make a difference.

6.  Global Giving Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund – Raising funds for immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts

  • Donate Online
  • Text OK to 80088 to donate $10 to the Relief Fund

7.  United Way of Central Oklahoma – Distributing funds to local non-profits organizing disaster relief and rebuilding programs in local communities

  • Donate Online
  • By Mail: United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK  73101
  • **Be sure to designate donation to the May Tornado Relief.

8.  Team Rubicon Operation: Starting Gun – Mobilizing volunteers to help assess damages and expedite home repairs

9. World Vision – Disaster response team is loading trucks with supplies and mobilizing volunteers to deploy

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Together we can help Oklahoma rebuild and recover.  What will you do to be a part of the recovery?

How to Help Oklahoma Recover

I am watching CNN and in shock at the devastation that Mother Nature inflicted on Oklahoma.  As a mother, my heart aches for the children who lost their lives at their school today and for their families who have to move forward and pick up the pieces of their lives.  So many lives, young and old, lost.  So many homes destroyed.  So much still unknown about the extent of the damage.  As an American, I know it is my responsibility to take care of my fellow citizens in their time of need.  Do you feel the same?  Here are some ways that you can help:

1.  Support the American Red Cross

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999  to donate $10 to Disaster Relief efforts
  • Donate Online
  • Donate by phone – 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Donate blood

2.  Support the Salvation Army – mobilizing mobile kitchens to feed 2500

  • Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to support Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts
  • Donate Online

3.  Support Feeding America – pledged to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to Oklahoma

  • Give a monetary donation
  • Donate food to a local food bank

4.  Support Operation USA – mobilizing to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover

5.  Support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

  • Donate Online
  • Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10

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It is simple to give and there is so much need in Oklahoma tonight.  Won’t you do your part?

Do Gooder Kids Activities – Quick Reference Page!

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I’ve taken a hot second to compile some of my ideas into a more organized form and I’m really excited to debut my Do-Gooder Kids Activities page.   If you are looking for a quick reference guide for ways to help your children learn to live philanthropic, service-oriented lives, then this is your go-to guide!   I will continue to add ideas and encourage you to share your ideas in the comments section.  Click the link in this post or find it on the menu bar and let’s empower our kids to make a positive impact in their world!