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The World Needs Your Kid - Raising Children Who Care and Contribute
Reach And Teach Says:
Raising kids in today's world of iPhones, "Back to School Facials" (really, they advertised those for teen boys and girls in the local newspaper), pressure-cooker schools where grades are everything, after-school competitive activities that are all about being "number one" and a barrage of television shows and movies that only promote thinking about me, me, me... is pretty tough. How do we foster an environment where young people go beyond "me" and think of themselves as part of a more global community, one to which they can contribute and through which they too can thrive. That's where books like this come in... and there are very few books like this which is why we are so thrilled to have it in our Reach And Teach store. We've been inspired by the work of Craig and Marc Kielburger (Free the Children) for many years now. This book, put together by them and Shelley Page, is truly a gem.
With chapters focused on compassion, empathy, responsibility, sharing your gifts, finding your passion, putting your gifts plus your passion together to change the world, hearts on fire, curing the "gimmes," redefining success, never saying never, your heroe's journey, friends in deed, being the change, learning through service, seeing is believing, and thinking outside the box, this book provides parents and children with a roadmap for a wonderful journey, towards building a wonderful self and a better world.
About the Book:
The Dalai Lama has observed that the greatest challenge facing our time is that we're raising a generation of passive bystanders. If he is right, then the most vital work in this moment belongs to parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers. Inside this inspiring guide, you'll find life lessons from remarkable individuals, committed parents, and compassionate children. Contributors include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow, Jane Fonda, Robert Kennedy Jr., Jason Mraz, and Dr. Jane Goodall. Read revealing stories and insights from the not-so-typical childhoods of Craig and Marc Kielburger. The brothers, whose work now inspires more than a million youth every year, share groundbreaking lessons on teaching kids to care. Discover how small actions every day can make the world a better place. Find out how those same small actions can have a lasting influence on your child's life. After all, it's a proven fact that doing good for the world does a world of good for friendships, grades, and self-esteem.
By Epoch Times, 2010-05-11
"[The authors] have put together thier best wisdom and practical advice on how to 'nurture global citizens' by engaging and supporting children to effect positive changes in the community or across the globe.
With children being used to hawk everything from cars to cereal in TV ads, it is refreshing to read about real children making real contributions that help other children around the world–and doing it from their hearts"
CURING THE GIMMIES: How to Live in A Material World
When Marc was about eleven, Mom picked him up at school to take him to tennis practice. En route she made a pit stop at Bi-Way, a discount store that sold the kind of no-name clothing that sends self-conscious tweens running to the nearest Gap. One minute Marc was sitting contentedly beside Mom in the car, the next he'd slipped down to hide below the dashboard. The store was near school, so he was worried he'd be spotted by classmates. Until that day, Marc had assumed only welfare moms and struggling new immigrants shopped at the bargain shop. Not him. No way.
"Don't buy me anything here," he grumbled from his hiding spot. "I won't wear it!"
Mom was taken aback. She let him stay in the car. "It was hard to concentrate on my shopping," she recalls. "My son was turning into a snob."
Back home after tennis, she sat down Marc for a chat. He explained why he wanted a "cool" T-shirt—one with a logo— not one from the Bi-Way discount rack. "All my friends wear 'em." Mom was disappointed, but she wasn't angry. "It really wasn't his fault, nor was it the fault of his friends," she recalls. "It was the fault of advertisers who were brainwashing kids into thinking they needed the latest T-shirt to be 'cool.' It was our fault as parents for being sucked in. Marc wanted to be accepted and feel good about himself among his friends. We just wanted him to be happy. That day I realized I didn't like what it was doing to my son."
Mom and Dad provided us with more than they'd ever dreamed of having when they were kids. Mom's family had been homeless for a time; we lived in a spacious home in suburbia. Both Mom and Dad had been forced to work from an early age; we devoted our free time to video games, TV and hanging with friends. They'd worn hand-me-down sneakers; we laced up in the best money could buy. Neither of them ever imagined they'd go to university (although they did), but they expected their kids to attend—and to excel. And though they both became teachers, they hoped Marc would grow up to be a lawyer, and Craig a doctor.
We appeared to be on the path to success. Question was, at what cost? Mom was worried that if we lacked for nothing, we'd never become sensitive to poverty or to the needs of others. Clothing, credit cards and consumerism: These seemed to be our Three Cs at that time.
The Bi-Way excursion forced Mom and Dad to ask tough questions. They wanted us to have the best of everything, of course. But in that moment, they decided to redefine their definition of success—no easy task in a society that measures achievement in dollars and degrees. While athletics and public speaking would continue to have a place in our lives, from that moment so would service to the community.
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