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Simple Acts
The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back



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The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back

 

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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!

Natalie Silverstein, MPH

Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is the volunteer coordinator of Doing Good TogetherTM in New York City. She is a frequent presenter to parents, faculty, students, and community groups and is a...

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“Many of the ideas Silverstein offers apply to small learning communities as well as families. The book is a great reminder of the many ways in which adults can—and should—model the behaviors we expect of self-regulating, kind children.”

Louise Parks
Editor, Texas Child Care Quarterly


“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, PhD
Executive Director, 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



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