For Purpose Kids- Books for raising anti-racist kids

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be A$%holes Part II- Books for Raising Anti-Racist Kids

In this moment, there is so much to learn. 

There are so many voices to amplify, words to sit with, books to read and emotions to process and feel.  It is time for us to listen and begin to understand what so many have been trying to share with us for so long.  The world should be fair, it should be just and it should be equal for all…but it’s not.  Black Lives Matter.

I wanted to mostly include books that are written and/ or illustrated by BIPOC (Black & Indigenous People of Color) for this list and don’t only focus on Black History or topics around social justice.  While it is important to include those books on every bookshelf, we also want our kids to see themselves and see diverse characters experiencing the joys, and sometimes disappointments, of everyday life.
Misty Castaneda
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Why We Need to Prioritize Volunteering with Our Kids

Why We Need to Prioritize Volunteering with Our Kids

Guest Blog Post by our Friend Amy Carney, Author of Parent on Purpose

When my kids were young, I knew that I wanted to raise them in a family who was known for their kindness, generosity, and ability to love others well.

What I didn’t know was how difficult it would be as a parent to actually live this out.

We want our kids to be kind.

We want our sons and daughters to be compassionate.

We want our offspring to be loving and empathetic toward others.

We can’t just want our children to grow up with these essential values and character traits; we must purposely show up in our home, community and world and consistently show kindness, compassion, love and empathy to others.

But, how do we prioritize serving others in this busy culture we are raising our kids in today?

Misty Castaneda
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Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be A$%holes

Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be A$%holes

My Mom is a HUGE Willie Nelson fan, so I grew up listening to this song.  And yes, I took a few liberties with the title and even included an “unkind” word, which could be considered a bit risqué for someone with a kids’ brand.  But I assure you, that language is meant for you- to catch your attention.  It, or any words like it, are not used in any of our Toolkits for your kiddos (I promise!)- although I have to admit my son has probably heard me say it a time or two.  But the message is clear and I know you know what I'm talking about.

So- here we are, discussing how scary it is to be raising a son in today’s world. 

But not for the reason that you may be thinking.  It’s scary for me- because of the overwhelming responsibility I feel to raise a compassionate and empathetic little boy that treats everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, with respect and kindness.

And it’s hard.


Misty Castaneda
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Another For-Purpose Kid is born!  Why we should be raising kids like Prince William & Princess Kate

Another For-Purpose Kid is born! Why we should be raising kids like Prince William & Princess Kate

Hear ye, hear ye- another For-Purpose Kid is born! 

YES!  Princess Kate gave birth on Monday to Royal Baby #3, a bouncing baby boy whose name is still TBD, although the “experts” are saying that Arthur, Albert & James are the most likely (at least that’s what people are betting on in the UK).

I’ve always been fascinated by everything “Royal Family”

…and even have the commemorative spoons and mugs to prove it. 

Perhaps it stems from the year I lived in London after college, or perhaps it’s because I grew up like most girls in the US, where the idea of being a princess sounded magical and wonderful. 

However, most of us have grown up now and have realized, along with the many stories written about fallen princesses, that being a princess is probably a great deal harder than it looks.

With that being said, there is something so relatable and “down to earth” about Prince William and Princess Kate and like most of the world, I’ve become captivated by them, and the royal family, once again. 

Misty Castaneda
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