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My Son is Superman! - After the jarring news that his baby boy has Down's Syndrome, Jesh Krishna Murphy's devastation transforms into joy, love and gratitude for his special son.
Gratitude is Contagious - Camp director Richard Bernstein put out an empty mayonnaise jar with paper and pencils beside it and a suggestion to write thank you notes. He never dreamed how full that jar would get and how it transformed the camp.
Nurturing a Grateful Heart: What can parents do to instill gratitude in their children? - an essay by Kathy Hendricks.
Nowhere Else But Here by Cheryl F. McGinnis
A Contemplative Calling in Family Life, by Patricia Carlson. Right in the midst of that here-and-now situation is the place to embody and experience sacredness, serenity, and love.
Boy's Sleep, a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Fred Rogers: Kindly Neighbor - "Mister Rogers," as he was affectionately known to his television community, understood the inner lives and feelings of children with remarkable perceptivity.
Infinity and God, by Richard Jones - A five year old's grateful wonder can carry us all the way up to infinity and back down to the simplest feather, drawing our attention to the divine presence that permeates our world.
Mother of Us All, by Stephen Levine - This prayer helps set us free from our image of perfection to which so much suffering - and misunderstanding of children - clings.
God's Maternal Love, by D.N. Rowan -We can keep giving, spreading strength and calm, embodying that exquisite balance of wisdom and compassion of a maternal Buddha, or a maternal Christ.
How Big Is Your Family, by Br. David Steindl-Rast -
Excerpts from Real Science Papers by Kids These quotes restore laughter to an oftentimes serious subject.
Proverbs from the Young Surprising new proverbs coming from attempts by children to complete old ones.
Strengthening Your Inner Child - This online practice reminds us that it is never too late to become the child you were meant to be. Understanding yourself enhances your understanding of the children you love.
Childlike Joy - Children are not the only ones who can be surprised by joy. The oldest of us have moments of liberation when we see with fresh eyes. Here is a place for you to share with others your delight in childlike vision
Light a Candle - If you want to support a young person with your good thoughts and intentions as well as actions, you can light a candle here and leave a supportive dedication. You can also take a breather from your caretaking responsibilities and light a candle for the sake of your own calm and well-being.
YOUth! - Here are resources on our website and from other sources that you can share with the young people in your life.
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The Responsibility of High School Coaches: Creating a place of belonging where students can be themselves and also be aware that they are part of something greater than themselves; and where learning, growth and connection are the purpose.
Dream of the Good - This methodology for health and peace through simple mindfulness and meditation exercises allows students and teachers to achieve balance in their daily lives.
Change Your Kids' Attitude With Gratitude - The Greater Good Science Center’s Christine Carter discusses the connection between gratitude and happiness in children.
Thanksgiving Expressions - This October 2011 competition sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas, TX gives students grades K-12 an opportunity to express their gratitude for why they are here.
B (For My Daughter) - Sarah Kay offers a spoken poem about heartbreak and the strength that a caretaker can give to a young person to live fully nonetheless. (video; 3:45)
Children Full of Life - In this profoundly moving video, the children in Toshiro Kanamori's fourth-grade classroom in Tokyo learn and practice empathy.
PYE Global - Teenagers are a largely untapped source of hope and innovation for our communities and our future. This network connects people and programs doing leading edge arts-based work with youth.
What Adults Can Learn from Kids - Adora Svitak, at age 12, gives a TED lecture on embracing creative ideas that would otherwise be considered impractical by most adults and on abolishing the age-discriminatory use of "childish" as a derogatory term.
FLiP (Family, Leadership & Innovation Platform) - Discover how the application of five familiar and intuitive leadership principles can promote authentic success and well being for every member of the family.
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health)
Things to Learn - Christian Borstlap's playfully restrained illustrations draw us back to some perennial truths suited to all ages.
One Can Make a Difference - This inspirational video conveys the message that if you help a child, you help the world…quite likely in a big way.
Against the Odds (video) - The story of a young, unassuming principle who used his unique background and skills to turn around Junior High 22 in the South Bronx, formerly known for drug dealing and violence.
Let Them Be Little - Billy Dean's music video serves as a tender reminder to give love day by day: "Turn around and it's time to let them go."
Severn Suzuki at UN Earth Summit (video) - Representing the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO) at the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil, 12-year-old Suzuki speaks powerfully on behalf of her generation, reminding policy-makers about the effects of their decisions.
The Baby NETwork - Learn how you can join a grassroots effort to help save the lives of babies in Africa by spreading the word about malaria and getting involved in sending more bed nets to them.
The Moontown Café supports and nurtures poets of all ages with contests, blogs and forums. It provides special places for teens and children to express themselves through poetry and writing.
Practicing Spirituality with Children - This 40-day e-course, available on demand, offers each day a passage from a book about children's spirituality, spiritual parenting, or a children's book with a spiritual message.
UNESCO Art Miles Mural Project - Mural paintings created by children as a means to promote peace and understanding among children and cultures from all over the world.
Clowns Without Borders - Through volunteer help, Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency.
Comfort Zone Camp - A physical place where grieving children can find a voice, a place and a community in which to heal and grow. For an online place to learn and share about grief, visit their associated site Hello Grief.
Hope Lives in a Garden by Helen Worley. Written from the perspective of a stuffed monkey, this book explores the power of whimsey and gratitude in healing. For children and adults.
Gratitude in Education: A Radical View by Kerry Howells. How does gratitude intersect with effective teaching and successful learning? Vivid examples illustrate both the dilemmas and possibilities of gratitude in the midst of teachers' busy and stressful lives.
Well Said: Children's Words of Wisdom by Bridget Haase. "Showing love is like giving a present you can always afford." Wise quotes like this -- backed by endearing photos and stories -- make Haase's book healing to the heart and refreshing to the mind.
Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family by Annie Burnside. Tap into your intuitive wisdom as parents and together with your children explore universal spiritual principles through a variety of simple, daily means.
Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William S. Pollack, Mary Pipher
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher. This book offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive their teenage daughters’ lost sense of self.
A Gift to Myself: A Personal Workbook and Guide to Healing My Child Within - A completely practical, down-to-earth workbook for personal recovery from dysfunctional family dynamics. Our own healing makes it possible for us to care well for others.
When Your Child Drives You Crazy by Eda J. LeShan. From the Terrible Twos to the Tortuous Teens, LeShan offers seasoned advice for the practicing parent--everything from sibling rivalry to the teenager and the telephone to how to keep your child from being sexually molested.
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish's discussions talk you through umpteen different situations and outcomes to help you teach your brawling offspring a new set of responses.
For further resources, please choose:
YOUth! - Resources for kids (ages 4-12).
Teens - Resources for ages 13 and up.
Resources for Elders - Articles, books, videos, and more.
ANGeL's goal is to offer you through this website an immediate and intimate experience of living gratefully. In selecting topic resources, as elsewhere, we favor quality over quantity. This page is not meant to be a directory of related websites and organizations. Rather, we have selected a few specific links and readings that we believe are most helpful in getting you in touch with your experience. Of course, the Internet is vast and our knowledge is limited; so if you know of a link or a book that is more helpful than what's listed, be sure to let us know.