Take a fresh approach to community service and giving back. Teaching young children to be socially conscious, community-oriented, and eager to volunteer seems like a daunting task, especially for busy families with children of varying ages. Simple Acts brings busy parents practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community.
With step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn:
- The proven value of service in raising compassionate children
- How to choose community-service options that are right for your family
- Ideas for integrating volunteering and service into your already-busy schedule
- Ways to help your children experience the deep satisfaction of helping others
Full of advice, tips, and real-life stories; this fun, easy-to-use guide helps parents and children of all ages incorporate hands-on community service experiences into their daily lives. You’re never too young -or too old- to start giving back!
“A passionate advocate for family and youth service, Natalie Silverstein, MPH, wrote Simple Acts to inspire a more realistic approach to service for young people, a more organic way to make the world a better place: one simple act at a time….Raising children with a social conscience has never been easier thanks to Natalie Silverstein’s brilliant and comprehensive book. As a working mother with three small children, I had been searching for ways to incorporate service in our busy family’s life in meaningful and practical ways. Now I pick up Simple Acts and within minutes, I’ve been inspired to plan a birthday party with purpose, bring more meaning to the holidays and to incorporate special acts of kindness into our daily lives. This is a must-read for anyone wishing to foster empathy in their children in this ME, ME, ME, technology-centered environment.”
–Elyssa Friedland Author, The Floating Feldmans
“Got five minutes? Then your family can begin making a difference! Simple Acts offers a highly accessible compilation of fun, simple ideas that empower families to weave service to others into their hectic lives. Caring about others and the greater good should be part of every child s early life lessons. Silverstein’s how-to guide makes it easy for any family to start building a better world, while teaching their children the value of generosity, kindness, and community engagement.”
–Jenny Friedman, Founder of Doing Good Together™
“Simple Acts is a MUST HAVE book for every family looking to raise the next generation of kind-hearted citizens. This guide not only provides endless inspiration and resources for families to get involved in giving back, the “how”, but it also gives them the “why” something many people struggle to understand in today’s world. From “Playdates with Purpose” to “Taking Service on the Road”, this book suggests a wide range of activities that busy families can engage in to truly make giving back not only fun, but a central theme in their lives. As a social entrepreneur whose “do good” business is focused on teaching kids about being kind & doing good in the world, this book will be one of the first that I recommend to families really looking to make the world a better place.”
–Misty Castañeda, Founder & Cultivator of Purpose, For Purpose Kids
“Teaching young children to be socially conscious, community oriented, and eager to volunteer seems like a daunting task, especially for busy families with children of varying ages. Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back by Natalie Silverstein brings busy parents practical, easy-to-do ideas, to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community. As thoroughly ‘user-friendly’ in organization and presentation as it is ‘real world practical’ and effective, Simple Acts is very highly recommended for community library Parenting instructional reference collections.” –James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review