For-Purpose Kids raising money for Hurricane Harvey Relief

How Some For-Purpose Kids in Florida Are Helping the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

When I started working on this blog post, I began writing from the perspective of someone who lived in Houston in 2005 and witnessed the devastation and long- term effects of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  I was then going to compare that experience with what just happened in Texas and suggest ways that kids could get involved in supporting Hurricane Harvey Relief, from raising money to collecting donations to send to those in need. 

But over the past week, we’ve all been inundated with articles and social media posts about how to provide support after Harvey…

…and as helpful and informative as some of them like this one are (and they are!), I decided to go in a bit of a different direction.

Today, I want to tell a story about Savannah, an awesome For-Purpose Kid in Florida, who came up with her own way to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

And I want to talk about Savannah’s journey of becoming a For-Purpose Kid, over the course of the past year.

Misty Castaneda
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Charlottesville- The Ugly, The Bad...and The Good?

Charlottesville- The Ugly, The Bad...and The Good?

This past weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of people gathered to protest the removal of a statue that the city felt had come to represent values that no longer reflected the sentiments of its’ people.  The protesters proudly carried symbols and signs of hate, chanting words that honestly, most of us never thought would be spoken again. 

THAT…is The Ugly…the thing we don’t want to acknowledge is still happening and don’t want to look at.

A city that I used to associate with The Dave Matthews Band and that some of my friends used to refer to as the home of THE University (although, as a JMU Grad, I would beg to differ)…has now become another example of a country some would say has gone mad.

And a young woman, named Heather Heyer, died- and several others were injured.

THAT is The Bad…the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD, BAD.

Misty Castaneda
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It's Summertime...and the Giving is Easy/ Meaningful Summer Activities for Kids that Support the Community

It's Summertime...and the Giving is Easy/ Meaningful Summer Activities for Kids that Support the Community

Do we have you singing our blog title in your head right now?  GOOD!  That means we got your attention.

For some of us…the summer is half over.

We are well into the month of July, have eaten at least 5 S’mores (if you don’t know what those are, you are MISSING OUT!), have given up screaming at the kids to pick up their wet bathing suits off the floor and have probably glanced at the calendar wondering why school can’t start TOMORROW so we can get a break. OR…if you are like my Mom, you are trying to drag out each day just a liiiiittle bit longer so the time doesn’t come when the grandkids have to pack up and head back home.  Either way, the time is drifting by…

…and what do our kids have to show for it (and high scores on video games don’t count!)?

Misty Castaneda
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What just happened with the United States & the Paris Agreement?  Why it’s more important than EVER to get our kids involved with protecting the environment through giving and volunteering.

What just happened with the United States & the Paris Agreement? Why it’s more important than EVER to get our kids involved with protecting the environment through giving and volunteering.

June 1, 2017 (or doomsday, as I like to refer to it) will go down in history as a day to remember…but probably not in a good way.  It will signify the day that the United States announced that it was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, and as you can see- one of the For-Purpose Kids is pretty upset about it.

Wait…what just happened? 

Misty Castaneda
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Does Your Child Really Need More Presents?  Using Birthdays as Opportunities to Teach Kids about Giving Back

Does Your Child Really Need More Presents? Using Birthdays as Opportunities to Teach Kids about Giving Back

It’s been an eventful week- and no, I’m not referring to the “events” (or tweets, or tapes) in Washington that are currently consuming all news and social media channels.  I’m talking about something else that occurred over the past five days.

My son had his first birthday.

Misty Castaneda
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Start Small...5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Kids Excited About Giving and Volunteering Opportunities- Without Leaving the Couch!

Start Small...5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Kids Excited About Giving and Volunteering Opportunities- Without Leaving the Couch!

In our very first blog post last week we told you all about For-Purpose Kids and why it’s so important to get kids involved in giving and volunteering at a young age.  Most of us agree that our world is headed in a bit of a scary direction and that we need to do more to teach our kids about empathy and compassion to shape the kind of future we want for them. 

So now you’re ready.

Misty Castaneda
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For-Purpose Kids- what's it all about and why is it important for our kids?

For-Purpose Kids- what's it all about and why is it important for our kids?

I think most parents, grandparents and adults would agree that we want our kids to be good kids, right?  I was looking at my son the other day and wondering, now that he is almost 1...

What type of person will he be?

Of course, I envision that he will be kind, caring (about others AND the world around him), well behaved and smart...because let's face it- no one wants their kid to be the bully at school or the brat at the neighborhood birthday party.  But how do we know? What can we do to make sure that they become more like Hermione and less like Draco Malfoy?

Misty Castaneda
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