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14 Days of Loving-Kindness: A Challenge for My Family and Myself

At the end of December, I selected my guiding word for 2014: Compassion. I wrote very little on my blog for most of January as I focused on what compassion means for me and how to begin sharing my journey with others. 

I decided focusing on 14 Days of Loving-Kindness in February might be a good start. The dictionary definition of compassion doesn't quite capture what compassion means to me: 1) a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.; 2) sympatheticconsciousnessof others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Feeling compassion for someone or acting compassionately, for me, involves feeling loving-kindness toward that person or expressing kindness for a person that is rooted in love.

For me, compassion requires empathy, not sympathy.

The 10 Best Multicultural Children's Books We Read in 2013

More of Our Favorite Multicultural Children's Books + Multicultural Shares from The Kid's Co-Op

For Multicultural Children's Book Day, we shared our Top 3 (+1) Multicultural Children's Books with each of the boys and myself picking our favorites: The Magic Poof, ABC Kids, City I Love, and Kids Like Me...Learn ABCs.

I decided to also look back through the blog at all of the books we read and shared last year and discovered that about 40 of the books we featured on our blog qualified (to me) as multicultural kid lit. Rather than sharing all 40, I decided to pick our Top 10 to highlight here, so with our favorites from Monday that makes 14 Multicultural Children's Books that we absolutely love. (Special thanks to No Time for Flashcards who shared the Best Children's Books they read in 2013 on her blog earlier this year and planted the seed of this idea in my head). Here's our Top Ten! 

I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian Jones introduces young readers …

Kid Picks: Celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day

The Magic Poof, ABC Kids, and City I Love - 3 of Our Favorite Multicultural Children's Books

Did you know today is Multicultural Children's Book Day? I love that Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book (two of my favorite blogs for kid lit suggestions) put their creative minds together to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in children's books and to highlight wonderful multicultural kid lit! 

Census data shows that 37% of the US population consists of people of color, but only 10% of children’s books published have diverse content. Mia and Valarie are leading the charge to change that, and so many other bloggers, like me, are joining in!

As a mother who has traveled extensively and met wonderful people from so many different cultures and who is raising children that have very multicultural/multiethnic backgrounds, finding children's books that highlight and/or celebrate the diversity of the world is very important to me. 

In honor of th…

We Love Kids Get Arty: Exploring the Great Artists with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Inspired by Red Ted Art
Kids Get Arty from Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art is a wonderful bi-monthly link-up and arts education series. She inspired me to find creative ways to introduce my sons to great artists and to explore numerous artistic styles and approaches with them, even at young ages. If you're even a tiny bit intimidated by the idea of exploring art with your children, Red Ted Art and this series will absolutely help you get started through its fun and accessible ideas.

We've now explored Andy Warhol, Vincente Van Gogh, Romero Britto, Inocente, Molly Upton, Diego Rivera and Robert Rauschenberg -- and in some pretty creative ways. My 2.5 and 4 year-old sons began exploring the great artists a year and a half ago proving that even toddlers and preschoolers can explore the great artists.

Here's what we've done so far as we've explored the great artists: 
Starry Night Magic Milk - Van Gogh
Mixed Media Art (Photograph and Watercolors) - Rauschenberg
Sticky Paper …

Raising a Self-Reliant Child: The Value of Service Projects

Today is MLK Day in the U.S. In addition to honoring King and his legacy, the day is also a National Day of Service. Organizations host service projects for individuals to participate in and often individuals themselves, including children, initiate projects. There are so many simple service projects that you and your family can easily do -- I love these 4 that Pennies of Time will be doing today.
The MLK Day site and Pennies both highlight these important words from King: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" To encourage service with our children/families, the Multicultural Kids Blog is hosting an MLK Day of Service Blog Hop. You'll find details at the bottom for the hop and a chance to link up and share your favorite service activities for kids!

As I reflected on King's legacy and my experiences doing service activities with my own children and with other children and young adults through various work and vo…

Best of 2013: Inspired Giving with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Almost exactly one year ago, I shared my best/favorite post of 2012, our daily gratitude postcards and expressed my gratitude for the Kid Blogger Network and all that I learned from my colleagues in the group. I'm excited to share my top pick from 2013 along with other members of the group again this year as they select their best of the best. 

This year, I chose the Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive activity that Wild Thing and I did for Eric Carle's birthday as our top post, not only because it was among my most popular posts of the year, but also because so many others commented on how our activity inspired them to also take action during Hunger Action Month. Train Up A Child and Crafty Moms Share are just two bloggers who shared how they were inspired in their own Hunger Action Month posts, and I know many others were inspired as well and shared with me on Facebook. I always love chains of inspired giving and that's exactly what happened through this post makin…