“As schools and businesses are closing and we are staying home, we are here to provide some resources to help children and families cope with stress that might be heightened at this time. The content below was developed through our BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative to create a kinder more empathetic generation by calling kids to stand up, be inclusive and make a difference. These at-home resources will hopefully help to keep your families occupied, calm, engaged and most importantly learning.”
Mindfulness allows for a renewed sense of overall good health, a better ability to focus and self-regulate and an increased capacity for compassion and kindness towards others. We are pleased to share a series of guided meditations to introduce mindfulness for both adults and children.
Serena & the Peaceful Pad:
We invite kids to meet Serena the frog at the Peaceful Pad and enjoy the benefits of mindful meditation
Adult Mindfulness Practice:
Parents and caregivers can practice mindfulness for better focus, enhanced calmness, less stress and improved sleep.
Project & Activity Guides
To keep engaged and making a difference from your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a variety of easy to complete projects and activities to help put empathy into action. All of the activities have been modeled after projects that have been completed by youth, with the help of caring adults. The activities below are great for projects from home. For a full list of guides available visit www.befearlessbekind.com
Due to social distancing, seniors in your community may be feeling isolated. Encourage your kids to do what they can to put a smile on someone’s face.
Due to business and school closures families around the world are struggling with access to food. Here are some ways you can help.
Every year, 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters. As shelters close due to COVID-19, many are looking for socially isolating families who can take on a foster pet. Contact your local animal rescue or shelter to learn more. If you are unable to foster or adopt, below are some ways that you can still help from your home.
Homelessness & Poverty
COVID-19 has many people unable to go to work and receive their normal pay. For those who are experiencing homelessness or poverty, they are the most vulnerable right now and need support. Here are some ways you and your family can help.
- H.O.P.E. (Having Only Positvie Expectations) Boxes for the Homeless
- Fleece Scarves
- Homeless Care Kits
- Birthday Party in a Bag
This is also a great time to involve your children in identifying gently used items for donation. Go through your belongings together including closets, old toys, books, jackets, etc. to determine what you can donate to local shelters.
From upcycling to cutting water waste, there are plenty of ways you can help the environment from your own home.
With distance learning, many children need additional support. Do your part for your siblings, cousins, neighbors. You can donate these items or keep them yourself for at home learning.
Design for Change
Design for Change USA activates children to take action on social causes aligned with the UN Global Goals. They first learn about an issue by listening to Empathy Podcasts. Then they turn their empathy into social action through a simple 4 step process: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share.
- The #DoGoodFromHome Challenge:While we are socially distancing, let’s connect through kindness. Encourage your children to use their compassion and creativity to do acts of good from home. Small acts can make a big difference. Get your children to take the #DoGoodFromHome Challenge now!
- Empathy Podcasts: Want to do more? Choose a short podcast about a social cause. Have your child listen as people describe their experience around a specific topic such as cyberbullying, elder isolation, mental health and others. Then engage them in short activities to develop empathy and creativity. Listen for free at www.designforchange.us
Strategies to teach your children Kindness, Generosity, Gratitude and Purpose
As a part of our BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative, we partnered with the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley to develop resources and practices for caring adults to raise a kinder generation. Building strengths like forgiveness, generosity, gratitude and purpose inspire kids to contribute to the greater good.
The resources we’ve developed include:
Visit the Greater Good Science Center Magazine section on our BE FEARLESS BE KIND site for articles to assist introducing these concepts to your family: https://befearlessbekind.hasbro.com/en-us/empathy-tools-and-resources/ggsc-resources