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8 Ways to Teach Kids about Gratitude
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May 21, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Gratitude is a sentiment, an emotion and an attitude. It comes from the word gratus, a synonym of “agreeable and thankful” and tudo, which means “attribute or quality”. According to recent studies led by the Greater Good Science Center, this sentiment or quality actually blocks toxic emotions, reduces stress and improves self-esteem. But, is gratitude something we can learn and teach our children? The answer is yes. Keep reading to discover how.

How to teach them what love means
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February 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Valentine´s Day is celebrated on the 14th of February and since it´s right around the corner, it made us wonder if it´s possible to teach our children what love is. Love goes beyond the romantic idea that fairy tales portray and storybooks make us believe. To love is to show our respect, care and understanding of the people who are important to us, whether it´s our partner, family or friends. It´s not a matter of giving or buying material things, but love entails giving ourselves to others. And that implies cultivating empathy. In order for our children to learn to love and build long lasting social relationships, they must first acquire and cultivate an emphatic behaviour. But how to they learn to do this?

A night at the Pinypon Princess Palace
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January 30, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Today the Pinypon Princess is very excited. Tonight she´ll be celebrating a dance at the Royal Palace. She wants it to be a great  party with food, music and magic. Because this Princess is also a fairy. She even has a magic wand and has spent weeks rehearsing tricks, which she now wants to show all her Pinypon Princess friends. Tonight is a special one because its a full moon,  which is perfect for enchantments. If she kisses a frog at 10pm for example, the frog will turn into a Prince. While she gets everything ready, we asked her to take us on a tour of the Palace. Let´s get ready to discover what the rooms are like and how she´ll celebrate.

Kids should give gifts, too!
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December 30, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Before our children go back to school, make the most out of it, encouraging them to think of the people they love and making them gifts at home. It could be their babysitter, who absolutely adores them or that wonderful teacher who has motivated them all year. Have them think of their best friends and their parents who always make time to organize fun parties and activities.  By doing so, we won´t only be teaching them to be generous and value what they have but it´ll help them develop their creative skills as well. Here are great gifts our children can make at home for those they consider VIP.

Being a Host Family this Summer
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June 11, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Between foreign students, children from refugee camps and orphans from Third World or developing countries, the kids who spend their summers in Europe with families who host them add up each year. If you´ve already done the paperwork and are counting the days, you probably have a lot on your mind. “Will we do it right?” “Will he or she like us?” “How will this affect my children?” The organization has surely prepared you to be a great host. Here, we´ll fill you in on how to make the process of adaptation go as smooth as possible so you and your family can benefit the most of summer hosting.

How to Survive Christmas
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December 17, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Christmas is right around the corner. The time of year when everyone is happy, singing Christmas carols and decorating the tree, buying or making gifts and cooking together. That’s the idea anyway. But for the vast majority, these holidays produce anxiety, impatience and stress. Feeling this way already?  Don’t worry, it’s normal. That’s why we’ve created a list of tips so you can survive the Christmas season and more importantly, make it memorable for the little ones at home.

Before we begin, close your eyes, take a deep breath and try to relax even if it’s for a few minutes. Think positive and try to remember your Christmas holidays when you were a child. What made you happy? What was your favorite thing to do? What are your best Christmas memories and what would you like your children to remember from this year? With that in mind, take your pen and paper and start planning your Christmas, always according to the time and budget you have available.

Expectations vs. Reality – during this time of year, expectations are on the rise, for children especially so try not promising things you can’t do. Ask them what they want to do. It might be easier than you expected. As a parent, you must be realistic and explain what of all that is possible. Also, share what you’d like to do this Christmas season so you can make a list of activities together and mark them in a calendar, accessible to all.

Creating traditions – when you recalled your favorite Christmas memories as a child, surely you thought of the things you did with your family such as helping to decorate the tree, cooking together, writing to Santa Claus, having friends over… Share these memories with your children and incorporate them into your family traditions and motivate them to create new ones. Remember to be open to suggestions!

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Delegate – Learn to delegate. This way, you’ll have the help you need and your children will be entertained and feel useful. Don’t just tell them what to do. Get them involved and help you think of what needs to be done. Again, be open to suggestions. How are we going to decorate the tree this year? When our guests arrive, what can we offer them to drink or eat? Where will we place their coats? How are we going to decorate and set the table? What can we cook together? Remember, make it fun and thank them for their help, especially in front of your guests.

New Routines – School’s out and the routines that go with have practically disappeared. However, it’s important to maintain schedules so children get the rest they need and deal with the hyperactivity that comes along with the holidays. Create new routines starting with teaching them how to make their beds and help out at home before playtime. Make sure they get their exercise by playing in the park with their friends, running errands with you, enrolling them in a dance class or organizing and taking turns with our parents for play dates.

Don’t leave it for later – If you already have your list of gifts, go out and buy them. You did that already? Well, don’t leave the wrapping for the last minute. Doing things fast and furious increases our stress level and the probability of mistakes. As soon as you have your list of things to do, the better.

Special Guests – surely you know someone who, for one reason or another, will not spend Christmas with their family. Invite them to spend a morning or afternoon at your house and why not invite them for Christmas dinner or New Years? Aside from making them happy, you’ll be teaching your children the real Christmas spirit of sharing and offering the best gift of all: your time and love.

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Cultivating Empathy
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November 5, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Does this scene seem familiar? A family sits at the table for dinner. The little boy refuses to eat his vegetables and his father or mother react by saying: What do you mean you’re not going to eat!? There are people in Africa who die of hunger!

Instilling empathy and generosity in our children and making them feel thankful for everything they have is part of our task as parents. And the more fun we make it, with no guilt attached,  the better.