One of my nephews, Ethan, used to talk to trees. In his tiny 3-year-old voice, he’d say “hello” when he walked by the weeping willows, and even stopped to pet their branches. He’d also freeze, totally captivated, every single time he saw an animal, or even just a bug. Walks took a looooong time with Ethan … but his perspective really changed the way we looked at the things on our path, too.
In the past few years, working for Club Penguin, I happen to know first-hand that Ethan’s love of nature is typical of a LOT of kids. Given the chance, they’ll take the steps to help make changes. Is it our responsibility to give them more opportunities to change the world? Absolutely.
So while we’re trying to help with homework, get to yoga, sneak flaxseed into chocolate cake, and take care of the other billion things we do every day, how do we further empower our kids to change the world? Here are 5 simple ways:
If your child is looking to be involved in even more community activities, or just to get inspired, check out Club Penguin’s Global Citizenship initiatives. Just this April, to help celebrate Earth Month and the Disneynature Bears movie, Club Penguin players were given a code to unlock a virtual Bear Costume. For every costume unlocked, $1 was donated (up to $50K USD) to National Parks. That month, over over 280,938 costumes were unlocked and the goal was met. The donation is helping kids to experience the outdoors in National Parks in the United States.
We’d love to hear your ideas about how to make kids better global citizens! Please leave your comments.
Deanna Kent-McDonald is the guest blogger for this post. Deanna’s the mom of some super-fabulously-amazing boys. She’s been writing for Disney Club Penguin for more than six years.