I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CWIST. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
As parents, it’s important for us to teach our kids to not just have, but show compassion and caring for others in their actions. One way that we can teach them this is by example. We can be kind to others, hold the door open at the store for someone, donate goods to charitable organizations in your community, volunteer at the local homeless or battered women’s shelter – there are all sorts of ways that we can help out in our community that can be visible to our children. Seeing how much your contributions are appreciated, most children soon feel compelled to want to do something good themselves.But, what can a little person do to help?
CWIST – Helping You Empower Your Children to Help Others
I was recently introduced to CWIST, which is an awesome, incentive-based digital platform that allows parents and educators to share ideas and motivate children to learn, while also teaching them valuable lessons for life. These lessons and learning challenges are taught through one of two types of CWISTs: ready-made challenges or parent-created challenges. Completing the CWIST allows kids to earn a parent-designated reward, such as extra video game time, a special dessert, a toy they’ve been begging you for – whatever you want! The CWIST challenges help to teach kids that they have to work for what they want, while they also help to educate kids with fun activities.
For the holidays, CWIST has launched their Kids CWIST for Kids program, which is a multi-week giving campaign that offers children the opportunity to complete a variety of learning challenges to help give gifts to children that are in need. For instance, my son and I chose to grant a wish to a 6-year old little boy that wanted a sports-related product. It wasn’t hard at all to get my little man interested in helping give to another child since we had already adopted a family to help this holiday season and he has loved every minute of that.
So, I explained to him how CWIST worked, and that he would have to complete a few challenges in order to be able to earn a gift for this little boy. He was all for it! “Okay, mom! Let’s do it!” That’s exactly the enthusiasm I like to see for helping others, and it sure makes a momma proud to see her baby so excited to help another child feel special, even if it’s just for a few moments.
So I made him two challenges to do. I chose to have him learn the History of Santa Claus and have him make a pine cone bird feeder. Both were very appropriate for him at age 4 and he loved completing both of the activities. I did have to help him type out the answers for the history lesson, but other than that, he did them all by himself. You can see a screenshot of the pine cone bird feeder challenge below – it was super-easy and so much fun! The best part was watching the birds. We didn’t see very many different ones, but my son sure did giggle as one bird got a little peanut butter on his leg and shook it like a crazy bird!
For the child we helped grant a wish for, we chose an air hockey table. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any sports equipment, so I let my son pick out something sports-related to give to him and that was one of the available options. We really hope he likes it!
The best part for me wasn’t just that we got to help another child, but that this has created such an interest in helping others in my son. I love that he’s already wanting to help more children and he’s coming up with ideas to do it, too! He went and boxed up all of the toys he doesn’t play with anymore and even a few that he does. The next thing I know, he’s dragging the box in to me and telling me we need to take them down to the shelter so that we can give them to the little kids that might not have any toys. **LOVE!**