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Raising Kind

Join ParentMap in a year-long special focus on nurturing kindness, compassion and mindfulness

Published on: February 28, 2017

Girl and kindness

Raising KindFinding time (and mind) for the things that matter most — from connecting with family to engaging in meaningful work to giving back — is a daily struggle. Families are experiencing unprecedented stress and anxiety. Kids face bullying, feel burdened by the pressure to succeed, and are often driven to distraction.

Yet research tells us the antidote to many of our most entrenched problems lies in empathy, mindfulness and kindness. When we practice kindness we feel better about ourselves; compassion might even breed success

These are a few of the reasons why ParentMap is embarking on a year-long conversation to explore how families and schools can nurture empathy, mindfulness and kindness. We’ll look at what research tells us about compassion and the brain, explore the role of schools and we'll give families tools to cultivate these traits – from daily acts of kindness to long-term commitments to volunteerism, one step at a time. 

Community of Mindful ParentingFind our most recent #RaisingKind content on this page; also check our Facebook page for tools and conversation.

This series is sponsored by the Community of Mindful Parenting

Kindful kids: Teaching mindfulness and empathy

Finding mindful moments at the end of the day

Could Mindfulness Change Your Family's Life?

The absolute best way to respond when your child acts out

Can We Yeti? New Tool Makes Meditation Fun for Kids

Parenting in the Present Tense: Tools for Parenting Mindfully

Responding to Your Child's Negative Self-talk

Why Mistakes Matter for Kids

How to Help Your Kids Be Less Stressed Out

How to Raise a Smart and Happy Kid (hint: Emotion Matters)

Reading (and swiping) kind: Tools, apps and books

9 Books that Teach Kids to Appreciate Difference and Diversity 

Reading Kind: Books and Movies that Teach Compassion

Movies that Teach Kids about Disability and Differences

11 Apps that Teach Generosity and Empathy

Games that Blend Empathy, Cross-cultural Understanding and Fun

It's all about you: Self-care and self-compassion

Mindfulness is better the second time around

Can you be too empathetic as a parent?

You Can't Do Everything but You Can Do This

Recharge card: Great Northwest Mom Retreats

Everyday kind: Giving back with kids

Super Volunteering Opportunities for Teens and Tweens

Homegrown Volunteering: 12 Ways to Volunteer From your Kitchen Table 

A Year of Giving: Ideas for Giving Back as a Family Long after the Holidays

How to Help a Family Who's Battling Childhood Cancer

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