Author: Dan Scott

Cooperation Starts at Home

How often as parents do we hear ourselves saying, “Just work together. Can’t you cooperate?” Sometimes we want to pull our hair out wondering if our kids will ever cooperate. And in those calm, introspective moments as a parent (we have those, right?), we have to ask ourselves, “Do I cooperate? Is this something I model for my kids?” See, as much as I’m an extrovert and love being around people, I’ve never really enjoyed team projects. You know, the ones in school where inevitably ONE PERSON does the project and EVERYONE ELSE takes the credit? Yeah. The worst. So...

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Growing Compassionate Kids

Maybe you’ve had a moment like this in your home. You give your kids money for something at school, more than enough for whatever ice cream sandwich they’re hoping to buy. You ask them for the change only to find out that on top of the ice cream sandwich, they bought three bags of chips, a sports drink, and three sugar-filled pixie sticks. You face palm, shake your head, and engage your kids in a quick lesson on stewardship of resources. We figured this was going to be the case one afternoon not so long ago. My middle schooler...

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4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Initiative

When you look around, do you notice what you need to notice? Have you ever wondered why there are some people who can see things that other people just don’t see? It seems like some people just have this knack for looking around and noticing things others don’t. Maybe they notice there are three crooked pictures on the wall or three people wearing orange shirts. Sometimes they might even notice a job to be done—like a spilled glass of soda or an overflowing trashcan. Many kids are great at noticing what’s going on around them. Think about all the...

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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Make Wise Choices

Any of these sound familiar? Dad, can I ride my skateboard down the driveway and into the street? Mom, can we jump off the roof into the pool? Mom, can I slide down the banister? Dad, can I jump on that beehive right there? When you hear questions like that you want to scream, “NO!” That, or run crying into your bedroom and hide under the sheets until your kids grow into adults. Let’s face it, some decisions are easy to make. Clearly, the beehive should be left alone. Others? Not so much. Sliding down the right banister can...

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8 Stories of Kids Starting Incredible Initiatives

In the book Stand Up: Get in the Story, we included eight stories of kids starting incredible initiatives to stand up for what’s right to help others. Find their stories using the links below. 1 – Kids Making an Impact in Their World 2 – Feed the Children – Week 1 3 – Kids Against Hunger 4 – Iowa Kids & Families Help End Hunger 5 – Jaylen Arnold – Tourette’s Syndrom (Related Links 1 & 2) 6 – Samaritan’s Purse 7 – Denzel Washington’s Early Life (Related Link) 8 – Malala Yousafzai (Related Link) Here are a few service activities to help your kids show conviction – Light Em Up Inspire your own kids with stories...

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