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At For Purpose Kids, we wear our hearts on our sleeves.  Literally.

At For Purpose Kids, we wear our hearts on our sleeves. Literally.

Leading with your heart is never easy, but it’s always worth it.  

My Mom told me that she always worried about my heart getting broken when I was little, because I wore it on my sleeve.  I think both my parents were concerned about that and tried to, from a place of love, toughen me up so that I’d be better prepared to deal with the real world.  The problem was, those efforts made me question what I really felt, and ultimately, made me think something was wrong with me, because I felt so much MORE than others.  

And I get it, because now I’m  a Mom to a 6 year old who also wears his heart on his sleeve.  It’s difficult, and often heartbreaking to watch him navigate life with his big feelings, the way I did.  I want to rush in and try to protect him, and at times, “toughen” him up too. 

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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.
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#MayKindnessGrow Kindness Challenge- Come Join Us!

#MayKindnessGrow Kindness Challenge- Come Join Us!

To Our For Purpose Kids Community,

It's been a while since we've posted on our blog here at For Purpose Kids and we have some exciting news!  We have a new heart-centered collaborator joining our team and we can't wait for you to meet her and her family.

Misty (our Founder) met Jennifer while both "Boy Moms" were visiting their "snowbird" parents in Florida last year.  While initially connecting so their three boys could play together, they quickly realized they had a shared vision for the kind of future they wanted for their kids & for the world.  When they met up in Florida again this year, the wheels started turning and it sparked a conversation of the two working together. 

Jennifer & her family live in Indiana

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Why We Need to Prioritize Volunteering with Our Kids Today AND Tomorrow

Why We Need to Prioritize Volunteering with Our Kids Today AND Tomorrow

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

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For Purpose Kids- it's time to make teaching kindness a priority

What does she need to hear from me today? Confessions from an overloaded Mama...

A recent social media marketing expert I was working with (hi Jenna!) told me to think about this question when coming up with my social media content for the week:

What does she need to hear from me today?

(“She” because “she” is my target demographic…but it could be a he or a they too- I want to be inclusive of everyone who may need to hear from me.)

And honestly…I’m not really sure anymore.

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Playdates with Purpose- For Purpose Kids

Having Fun while Doing Good: Hosting a Playdate with Purpose

There are many creative options for parents and caregivers, depending on the age and attention span of children, the season, and the amount of time you want to spend on this endeavor while still giving children free time to play.  Using the following tips to incorporate service into playdates and other family routines and planned activities (like birthday parties, milestone celebrations, family vacations and holiday traditions) will create a habit of kindness and allow kids to flex their empathy muscles as they grow.

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The Perfect Holiday Gifting Solution for Raising Grateful Kids

The Perfect Holiday Gifting Solution for Raising Grateful Kids

Yep…it’s still all the rage.  And I love it in theory, but I have a hard time with it IRL (that’s “in real life” for those of you, like me, that are bit behind the times).

But when it comes to the holidays, I’m ALL about it- especially because I think it will help support those of us looking to raise kids that are grateful…and not entitled little ______ (I’ll let you fill in the blank here). 

So once again, this holiday season, we’re going to

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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.

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Be Kind & Do Good with The Giving Bag & Lead by Example

Be Kind & Do Good with The Giving Bag & Lead by Example

Picture it…Sicily 1937…(just a little fun for those GG fans out there, and if you don’t know what tv show this is from, you are missing out!) 

No, but really, picture it…

…you’re driving home from soccer practice with your kids in the car, the light turns yellow and you slow to a stop at the intersection and there’s a man or woman standing there, with a sign saying

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One "For Purpose Mom" Tells It Like It Is- A Guest Blog Post

One "For Purpose Mom" Tells It Like It Is- A Guest Blog Post

On this week’s blog, we're so excited to feature our first “Guest Blogger”, a For-Purpose Mom in Pennsylvania, who ordered our Annual Subscription and started to incorporate ways of doing good in the world with her family and community.  Jolene is a perfect example of how families can begin to make a difference in the world, one kind activity at a time.

 

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The Minimalist Approach to Gift Giving for Kids…with a DO GOOD Twist

The Minimalist Approach to Gift Giving for Kids…with a DO GOOD Twist

STW, STN, STW, STR & STGTTIN…WTH?

Yep…it’s all the rage this year.  Have you figured it out yet?  No, well let me help you out.

It’s the cool way of referring to the 4 Gift Challenge you may have heard about, the…

“Something They Want, Something They Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read” approach to gift giving. 

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Grandparents ROCK...and Can Inspire our Kids to ROCK too!

Grandparents ROCK...and Can Inspire our Kids to ROCK too!

When I first found out I was pregnant almost two years ago to the day, I not only realized that my life was going to be forever changed, but that the dynamic in my family was also going to shift.  As one of four girls, my son was going to be the first grandchild on my side.  And while I knew this was going to be significant, I had NO idea what that was actually going to mean. 

 

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