Tag: socially conscious

21 ways your family can volunteer for your own community. Small scale, big impact!

If your news feed has been dragging you down lately, take heart. Volunteerism is a great way to put that energy to positive use, and spring is the perfect time for you and your family to discover ways to volunteer for your own local community, Leslie Knope style. To help, I’ve put together tons of easy do-gooding activities that are high on fun and family bonding, big on impact, but low on long-term commitment. Fortunately, you don’t have to repurpose your living room to shelter stray cats or hand-craft a community swing set to make a difference (although if you’re up for it,...

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A brilliant way to figure out how to be the change you want to see in the world.

In order to stay positive in life, I always try to find the good in a bad situation. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But I honestly believe that actually doing something about the issues that concern me, give me hope, even if busy parents like me struggle with that. That’s why I love the Personal Impact Canvas created by top-level digital strategist and social impact advocate, Caleb Gardner. (Oh, and he’s also a very cool dad and great friend to CMP.) The Canvas is essential a printable self-reflection tool and organizer all in one. Just download the form and take some time to fill it out....

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The Favela Art Project: bettering the lives of kids in Rio through art

During this summer’s Olympic coverage, we all enjoyed seeing beautiful images of fun, lively Rio, and its gorgeous beaches, but there was one major aspect of the city that wasn’t broadcast — the favelas, or slums, which populate Rio and rarely sees electricity, proper sanitation, or a reliable police force. But one woman has been working to transform the favelas for a very long time. Artist, TED talk speaker, and former favela inhabitant Mariluce María has launched the Favela Art Project to provide art education to children living in poverty and make tangible changes in their day to day lives. The group has been painting over violent symbols and graffiti,...

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13 organizations helping Louisiana flood victims: Even if you can only give a little.

Oh, our hearts have been heavy watching the devastation from the flooding across Louisiana this week. More than 100,000 homes and buildings have been affected by these rising waters with reports of 30,000 people affected, and as many as 11,000 who have spent time in shelters. It’s devastating. Take a look at these before and after photos of the affected areas in Louisiana which really bring it to life. (Above: Danielle Blount feeding her three-month old baby; photo Max Becherer for the AP via the NY Times) In my own quest to see what I could do to help, I’ve put together...

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Web Coolness: Iron Man gets one amazing makeover, rooting for Simone Biles, the most popular baby names of 2016 and more

Here are some links that have been brightening our week. We hope you like them too.   Marvel’s next Iron Man comic is going to look a little different and it’s awesome. (But perhaps their writers should look a little different too?) We’re all paying close attention to Simone Biles as the next breakout US gymnast superstar — and the other remarkable young athletes who are going to bring it home this summer! Thanks Washington Post for including Spawned with Kristen + Liz among your list of 11 parenting podcasts worth checking out. We’re glad you find us friendly and entertaining! Speaking...

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What I Told My Daughter: The perfect gift for feminist Moms (and Dads).

In my opinion, a good book is a great gift. And since you’re probably shopping for Mom this week (but hurry!), I’d recommend you stop by your local bookstore to take a peek at What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler. This collection of essays about raising empowered girls will leave your mom feeling inspired, whether she’s a new mom whose girls are still young or a mom whose girls are already grown. Related: 12 wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms These essays are written by a powerful group of women leaders — Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Laura Bush, and Gloria Allred, plus Blythe...

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Give an orphan the gift of a birthday, through the charity With My Own Two Hands

We’re entering birthday party season in my house, and as my kids’ party requests are growing more and more over-the-top (rein it in, kiddos), I’m feeling emotional about an amazing charity we discovered just this week, which provides birthday gifts for orphans who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to celebrate their big day. Such a brilliant idea; we’re really excited to get behind it! With My Own Two Hands is a small non-profit founded by yoga instructor Lindsey Pluimer. They are doing some very cool work in Africa — from teaching yoga to kids as a way to heal to giving girls an education. But...

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Web coolness: December happiness edition

There’s a lot of tough things in the news lately and you know, sometimes we just need a break. So here are our favorite happy, inspiring, and upbeat stories we’ve been reading around the web this week, in case you want to keep the merriness going. Hope you like them too.    Can you find the panda? Oops, wrong number. Long distance charges may apply. Why Philly is awesome. Ja Rule reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Electric Mayhem Band sings Kodachrome and it’s a walk down Muppets memory lane. On McSweeney’s: Excerpts from my mother’s editorial notes on my letters to...

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Unnecessary gun violence: Don’t lose hope. Here’s how.

Kristen and I each went to bed distraught last night, and woke up no less unsettled after yesterday’s news about two mass shootings in San Bernardino and Savannah —  the 354th and 355th in the US in 2015 alone. We alternate between outrage and grief, wondering just kind of world we are raising our children in right now. Especially when 10,000 US children a year are injured or killed as a result of guns. As far as we’re concerned, even one is one too many. While this is not a site where we tend to discuss politics, we have never shied away from sharing the causes and...

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Don’t forget to trick-or-treat for UNICEF! Here’s how to do it – and to make it more fun with Peanuts themed boxes.

We’ve always been big fans of trick-or-treat for UNICEF, but this year, they’ve got limited-edition Peanuts boxes to make collecting donations extra special. This weekend, kids can collect candy and collect donations for UNICEF while they trick-or-treat which this awesome organization will use to help millions of children around the world get much needed immunizations, clean water, health care, and more. It’s really amazing what even just $5 can do to help. You’ll need to hurry though, because today is your last day to order the limited-edition Peanuts collection boxes online.   But if you miss the deadline for the Peanuts boxes, don’t worry! You...

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#62MillionGirls are not able to go to school. Here’s one easy thing you can do about it.

Today is the International Day of the Girl. And while we talk so much here about how important it is to empower and educate our girls every day, if they’re not even in school, both of those things are nearly impossible. So we thought one of the best things we could do today is share the #62MillionGirls campaign from the awesome folks at Girls Rising in partnership with Michelle Obama.  They’re using the power of social media — and some major celebs — to help get the word out about the 62 million girls in the world, half of whom are adolescent, who are denied the right...

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What Does it Mean to Be Kind? | A perfect children’s book for our time.

If you ever pick up a newspaper in front of your children, turn on the news, or even have an adult conversation about the day’s events, there’s no doubt that they are aware in some way of the tensions, divisiveness and frankly, ugliness, in our world right now. As parents, we’re always thinking about ways to explain it all, and ideally, to make our kids part of positive solutions as they learn how to live their best selves. And now our friends at Little Pickle Press have released a new book around the simple theme of kindness, that couldn’t have come at a more perfect...

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Web coolness: A strike against helicopter parenting, help with picky eaters, and one must-see Instagram feed,

Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Love what Humans of NY on Instagram is doing to document and end slave labor in Pakistan. (Photo above.) You’ll want to read every single story published in August. Looking at PPD through the lens of diversity. Is your family gender-biased? Maybe, without realizing it. And then there’s our own take on removing gender-based labels from the toy aisle. (Warning: There will be laughing.) 25 better ways to ask your kids, how was school? Helicopter parenting doesn’t work. Fantastic piece. How to get your kids to eat zucchini....

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Painting For Peace in Ferguson: A children’s book with a message of hope and community

This past Sunday, August 9, marked one year since the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri.  Despite the many months that have passed, trying to make sense of the heartbreak and horror of everything that’s happened in this country recently remains a challenge for so many us. Processing the racial injustice, the hate, the death and devastation is difficult, to say the least. And as parents trying to explain any of it to our children — so many of us don’t even have the words. This is where the children’s book Painting for Peace in Ferguson can...

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The quote that does more than inspire: It saves lives.

Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world. Please read on for the full story.   One of the most wonderful things about social media is that it gives every single one of us a voice. One of the challenges however, is that sometimes it’s easy to stop at so-called awareness; we may discuss topics and causes we’re passionate about but that doesn’t always translate into tangible action. I get it. We’re all busy, and we’re all guilty of this from time to time. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to be...

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Web coolness: Saving the Up movie house, hilarious first world problems, outrageous sand castles and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope  you like them too.   The “Up” house has been rescued, hooray! New on SPAWNED: Kids and the movies we let them watch. You may not believe which movies Liz’s dad took her to as a kid. Times have changed! “What are we doing today?” Beautiful post from Amanda Magee on what kids are capable of when they’re unplugged. 6 amazing educational video channels on YouTube for when those times they are on screens. Modernist sand castles. Whoa. We need to make all of these funfetti recipes! La Casa Azul:...

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On Charleston: It’s never too late to talk about things that are important.

Each Friday we share some of our favorite reads from around the web. However this week, we would not be listening to our hearts if we didn’t address the outrageous act of terror and hate that took place in Charleston nine days ago at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since that time, there has been so much to read, to process, to watch, to learn, and to understand. So we are sharing some of the links that we’ve been bookmarking ourselves over the past week, and that have moved us, educated us, made us think the most. Some are from women we know personally and love and...

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Web Coolness: How to help the Texas flood victims, free Lyft rides for women who need it, and guess who’s making a plus-size line.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   First, our hearts are with our friends, readers, and their families affected by the Texas flooding. (Above photo via CNN.com)  Just a few of the organizations doing good work that can use your donations: –Central Texas Red Cross –United Way of Austin –United Way of Hays County –Austin Pets Alive –Austin Disaster Relief Network –Hays County Food Bank   Thanks to NY Times Motherlode columnist Jess Leahy for including our post on DIY teacher gifts in their article on…great teacher gifts. Reading: Luckyish, a...

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It’s World Immunization Week. Here’s 3 ways you can help make sure more kids grow up healthy.

This year, April 24-30 is World Immunization Week, and based on the screams emanating from the pediatrician’s office on my last visit, I’m guessing this isn’t one my kids are thrilled about. But as they get older, they’ll know why they should be. Vaccines save lives—an estimated 3 million per year, in fact. As a mom, I want to do everything I can to make sure my kids aren’t at risk for contracting polio, measles, or any other disease once cut young lives short. Mothers in the developing world don’t always access to these immunizations though, and right now 20% of the world’s children aren’t getting the vaccines they...

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11 cool career t-shirts for girls who don’t need reminders that they can do anything

Shopping for t-shirts for my 7-year-old daughter this week, I can’t believe I’m still seeing so many with slogans like I’m so fancy!, Me, my selfie, and I, and—worst of all—Boy magnet. Oof. Why? The last thing I want is for my smart-as-a-whip girl to think she better stay pretty if she’s going to get anywhere in life So, in honor of Take Our Daughters or Sons to Work Day, and especially, our girls who are ready to change the world as soon as we give them the keys, I’ve put together some favorite cool career t-shirts for girls. (And of course there are zillions more, but consider this...

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