Posts Tagged ‘community’

Wii Have a Problem

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

So we got a Wii for the family during Christmas. This fantastic gaming system has become the epicenter for family fun - and also knock down, drag out temper tantrums of the variety I only imagined happened on television.

We’ve noticed that our son’s competitive spirit is sparked by almost everything Wii. From wanting to win every hole of miniature golf to screaming at the tv when he gets a gutter ball bowling (”the Wii is cheating, Mom, it is cheating!), I’m starting to get a feeling for how much everything, well, feels to him.

So when I received an invitation via Mommy Track’d (you know how much I love that site and newsletter) to join up with Pepperidge Farm’s “Fishful Thinking” Brand Ambassador program, I jumped at the chance. Ok, I really just opened a new browser and spent a few minutes signing up (but I did do it during work, if that tells you how excited I was).

Brand Ambassadors - like me - help spread the word about the site, and share their creative ideas about how to instill optimism in our kids.

And it turns our the Fishful Thinking site has all sorts of resources for me and my little “Tiger Woods/Walter Sobchak” to help us cope together with growing up. I’m still exploring everything, but I did take the Resiliance Test the other day, and I think we’re going to make it. Kai has flashes of anger, but he also has a nice mix of compassion and a certain sense of self-soothing that lets him bounce back most days.

But the next time he throws down his Wii-mote after his sister gets a hole-in-one on the crazy lava tube hole, I’m taking five minutes to read the How to Be a Happier Mom article.

A Single Drop of Water - Join Together to Eliminate Poverty

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

On any given day, I’m a wife, mom, co-worker, pun maker, volunteer, microwaver (of the cooking variety, not the scientific researcher of how the contraption heats my food), and friend.

Today I’m also an activist.

Actually, I’d like to think that I’m an activist everyday. But today, I get to share some of my favorite ways we can all make a difference in honor of Blog Action Day 2008. Today thousands of bloggers unite to discuss a single issue - poverty. And today, you can join me and your fellow moms, friends, and tv dinner makers in making a difference in our world.

Moms Rising - working moms balance responsibilities like no one else. A full quarter of U.S. families with children less than six years old live in poverty, which makes this organization’s mission to advance workplace policies that support families even more important. As they say, two full-time working parents should be able to earn enough to adequately care for their family. We can work together to make sure that comes true.

Kiva - Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. As the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, you can have a direct hand in helping families improve their lives. The entrepeneur you choose to lend to repays their loan over time, and you can choose to reinvest in another entrepeneur or put your money back into your own bank at that time. From farmers to seamstresses, you can provide as little as a $25 loan and be repaid in more than just money.

Heifer International - I was just recently turned on to this charity by my mom. Heifer’s tagline is “Ending Hunger, Caring for the Earth” and they do that by giving children and families around the world training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Heifer International purchases and transports food and income-producing animals, and also provides intensive training in animal husbandry; environmentally sound, sustainable farming; community development and global education.

Every dollar can make a difference in someone’s life. And, together, each of our single drops of water can turn into a flood that turns the tide for someone facing a life of poverty.

Did You Do It?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Tell me you did it. Tell me you registered to vote! Tell me you are going to help make a difference this November.

The deadline to register to vote in Florida was today (ahem, BK, I’m thinking you missed this one)…

If you aren’t in Florida - and your state deadline hasn’t already passed - get out there and register. Move it. Right now.

Go!

Making a Difference

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The world can be a totally crazy place sometimes, right? It’s amazing to think about how much money is spent on political campaigning ($32 million by John McCain and $57 million by Obama) just in July. That’s right, folks. Millions.

What would our world be like if we judged our politicians not on how many ads they ran, but how much money they could raise to actually help our country?  To give money to the people they purport to care about, to eliminate poverty in our country, to make a real difference in the lives of millions?

Well, since that is never going to happen, it’s up to people like you and me to help make a difference. Whether that means lending your voice to one of my favorite organizations, MomsRising.org, donating your time or money, or stepping in to help a friend or family member, each person can make a difference.

And if you’re a blogger, you can help make a difference this October 15th on Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters, and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day, with the aim to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

So, hop online, drop into your local organization, or volunteer at an event of your choice.  Together we can make a real difference - even if the politicians are just going to talk about it.

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