Your Kids Can Change the World {Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids to “Give Back”}

Hi Friends! Here we are on the final countdown to Thanksgiving. It will be here on Thursday. {wow} Although today, instead of talking about Thanksgiving foods, I wanted to talk about giving back. What a great way to start off the week, right?!?

I know that I spoke earlier about wanting to raise children who are hero’s. This is something that I have been wanting to talk about more on this blog because I think that it is important. However, sometimes I struggle to find the right words. After all, I really don’t know all of the answers. So today’s post is as much for me as it is for you. I want to just take a moment and highlight a few amazing kids who are doing amazing things. They are an inspiration to me and my family and I hope they will be an inspiration to you as well. These are the types of children we should be trying to raise. . . one’s who see a need and act upon it. Kids who give back to society and show compassion. Kids who will make the world a better place. Plus, if these kids can take action and do amazing things, why can’t we all?

Today I have compiled a small list of some amazing kids and the causes they have started. Feel free to click through the links provided and visit each cause website individually. All of these kids have done something un-ordinarily special.

Photo Credit: Charity Ball

Ethan King, Charity Ball

When Ethan was 10 years old he traveled with his parents to Mozambique to help repair water wells in the local villages. Like any soccer loving kid would, he took along his soccer ball to help pass the time. One day, after taking out his ball in the hopes of starting up a little game of soccer with the local children, he found himself surrounded by 50 excited children ready to take part in the fun. Ethan realized that his soccer ball, something he took for granted as having, was something that other kids could only dream of having. Upon leaving the village one of the young village boys ran up to him to return his soccer ball. Ethan turned to him and said “No, this is yours. I’ve given it to you.” The village boys ran away full of excitement as if they had won the lottery. This is when Charity Ball was born. This was in 2009. Since then Ethan has made it his mission to make sure kids all of the world have the opportunity to play. Learn more about Ethan’s mission at

Photo Credit: Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Alexandra Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Alexandra was diagnosed with neuroblastoma shortly after her first birthday, a type of childhood cancer. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and told her mom “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” Alex wanted to raise money to give it to the doctors so they could help other kids like her. After leaving the hospital she did just that and raised over $2,000 to give to her hospital. Throughout the following years, as Alex was battling her cancer, her family continued to hold a lemonade stand in their front yard every year to help raise funds for childhood cancer research. In 2004, at the age of 8, Alex passed away. However, she left behind a legacy and a cause that is still being supported today. Learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand at

These are just a few of the amazing stories out there. There are many more. What I find amazing is not only the child’s dream to help others before themselves, but the parents willingness to stand up and help them make it happen.  How many of your children have said “Hey mom, I want to help that person.” or had a self-less idea that would make a difference in someones life? Did you just say “Oh sweetheart, you have such a good heart.” and then moved on with other things in life or did you support them to make it happen? I must say that I too have pushed my children’s ideas away as “being sweet” and nothing more. From now on, however, I am going to make it a point to support my kids in their “ideas”. I cannot think of any better lesson to be taught than that of human compassion. So this year as we are all enjoying our Thanksgiving feast lets think about what we can do for others. Let your kids decide. Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Small acts of kindness can make a difference. 

A few simple ideas of what you can do: 

– Help out at a local soup kitchen. 
– Hand make holiday decorations and deliver them to a children’s hospital or homeless shelter. 
– Collect used blankets from family and friends and deliver them to an animal shelter. 
– Color pictures and mail/deliver them to people who could use a smile. 
Will you be “giving back” this holiday season? Tell us about what you will be doing in the comments and help inspire even more stories like these. 

<3 Dick and Jane