One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.
Malala Yousafzai to the UN Youth Assembly 2012.
According to the 2015 Child Stats government data, there are presently 49.7 million children ages 6 to 17 living in the U.S.
What would happen if all those children began to recognize problems and offer solutions? They would be successful because children don’t stop to think of all the reasons why something might not work!
Instead of making excuses, they would take action, which usually starts in their own community. By experiencing success, they gain courage, confidence and know how needed to build a network. These children aren’t special; in fact they are regular kids with one thing that gives them (dare I say it) a superpower. It’s conviction.
As you read stories about these children, you will be inspired. When your own child comes to you with the desire to tackle a problem, don’t dismiss them; encourage them. After all, where do you think the next generation of leaders will come from?
Here is one simple idea to get started…most families are getting ready for back to school which means a shiny new book bag filled with new school supplies. There are nearly half a million children in Foster Care that don’t experience that annual family tradition and very likely aren’t prepared on the first day of school
With your child search online for local organizations that welcome donations and give a foster child a reason to smile on the first day of school.
Here are more inspiring stories:
What can you do today?
Begin a discussion with your child about concerns:
In the community
- Land use
- Vacant lots, abandoned buildings
- Beautification projects
- Animals and wildlife
- A community garden
- Parks and recreation
- Sports and athletics
- Child care
- The Elderly
- Nutrition and health
- Garbage and recycling
- Disaster preparedness
- Safety and accidents
It is more important that your children are kind rather than happy.
See you next week!
Tina Nocera, Founder
#parentalwisdom #makingAdifference #valueoftheweek
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