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Kids Making a Difference: Brandon and Sebastian, Founders of Are You Kidding Socks

Brandon and Sebastian are 2 amazing young boys that have not only been living their passion of designing and selling their own line of kids and adult socks but they are making a difference at the same time.  Sebastian, 11 years old, is the C.E.O. and designer for Are You Kidding®. Brandon, 13 years old, is the Director of Sales or as he […]

Kids Making a Difference: Liv Van Ledtje, Founder of LivBits

Liv is an 11 year old that loves sharks and hopes someday to be an ichthyologist. She is a lover of books, ballet and an advocate for digital citizenship and student voice on social media. She uses Instagram, Vimeo, and Twitter to share her passions through positive social media posts. She is also an ambassador […]

Raising Boys in a Culture of Toxic Masculinity

By now we have all seen the Gillette ad addressing toxic masculinity. Kudos to them for thrusting this important conversation into the spotlight. If we want to put an end to sexual harassment and truly embrace gender equality we need to get rid of  outdated gender stereotypes. The notion that boys are supposed to be strong […]

Kids Making a Difference: Maria Keller, Founder of Read Indeed

Read Indeed was founded in 2009 by book enthusiast Maria Keller when she was 8 years old. Since its inception, this youth-driven organization has collected and gifted more than 2.6 MILLION books to children in need. Today, the organization is overseen by college student Maria Keller, with her 14-year-old brother, Ryan, now at the helm—collecting […]

How to use Elf on the Shelf to Build Strong Kids

It is a magical time of year, full of family, fun and heart-warming traditions. Unfortunately, in my house, it is also the time of year when my kids start making long lists of things they want (so much for being thankful for what we have).  Furthermore, the message is everywhere around them that they will […]

Kids Getting Involved: Elections

Mid-term elections are just around the corner.  With all the House of representative seats and roughly ⅓ of the Senate seats up for grabs these biennial elections are really important in the lives of American families.  Luckily, it is never too early to get your kids involved in the democratic process. By involving them at […]

4 Dinnertime Questions That Make Connection a Habit

Great communication begins with connection. Dinner time is the perfect time to connect as a family and have a meaningful conversation with your kids. When it is done right there is potential to create a powerful habit of engaging and emotional reflection without kids realizing (and being resistant) to this type of dialogue. The key […]

Looking Beyond STEM: Kids with Emotional Intelligence Will Lead the Future

Looking Beyond STEM: Kids with Emotional Intelligence Will Lead the Future In recent weeks, there have been a number of high-profile articles floating around social media urging us to look beyond STEM skills when considering how best to prepare our kids for the world they will face in the future. Google came out with a […]

5 Children’s Books To Build Resilience

Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resilience is not something children have or don’t have, but rather something that they can learn. Children face varying degrees of difficulties on a regular basis, like learning to tie their shoes, ride a bike and read a book. Do your children say “I am not […]

7 Children’s Books To Build Confidence

Helping our children build confidence is a tricky thing. It’s not something we can teach, in the same way we teach our kids to ride a bike or tie their shoes. It’s something that each person needs to find for themselves, and it’s not something that happens all at once. It builds over time as […]