#SparkGoodness is a campaign designed to inspire kids to do kind and helpful things this summer. This post is sponsored by author T.A. Barron and the Spark Goodness Program, and we hope you'll join us in sharing the good deeds your child does from now until November.
Summer is an incredibly indulgent time for my family. We go on lots of trips and spend a lot more time relaxing than during the year.
I have long-used summer as a time to focus on my kids' life skills. Yesterday my son and I scrubbed the bathroom together (and I am not proud to say we've never done that before). He's thirteen years old. Independence-oriented summer projects of years past have included building a simple IKEA project with the instructions and the tools; walking to the store to buy milk solo; and, baking brownies without me over their shoulder.
Doing good work this summer
This summer, my son is signed up for his first independent community volunteer gig. He's a Community Reading Buddy for preschool-age kids at a childcare center in Oakland. He got trained on some strategies to keep distracted 5-year olds engaged in books and he's putting them to use. When he's done with his volunteer gig, I hope he'll share a little bit of his experience with the #SparkGoodness hashtag, because doing good is contagious.
The first “spark” our family tackled this summer was fostering kittens. Oakland's Hopalong Animal Rescue had an overload of kittens and needed foster care for them. We had two little ones in our house for about three weeks.
We posted kitten fostering on the Spark Goodness website as an idea that could spark others to try it.
Sparks can be the smallest acts, from sending a piece of mail to helping a family member or keeping our environment clean.
Each spark that gets entered on the Spark Goodness website is an entry to a contest with monthly prizes. The July prize is a set of family yard games worth over $200!
We can make the world a better place — and we need to. Join us to brainstorm on some ways to #SparkGoodness in our community.