Inspiring good in our kids - a sponsored post

I don't know about you...but I'm raising kids who will make a difference in the world and stand up for what they believe in.

It's so tough, in a world so full of corrupt thinking and ways, to teach children to navigate the world in a way that is loving but also firm in the belief of what is right. It's so hard when your kids may be surrounded by people making wrong choices or maybe just different choices than your family would make.
As my kids get older, the problems get more complex, the answers get trickier to navigate as you weave in and out of the areas they understand at their ages, both emotionally and spiritually. At the end of the day we spend most of the time talking about loving others.

I work hard to model love to my boys as the best way to inspire change in others. The boys and I show love to our mailman, to our UPS carrier, to their teachers and peers. I involve the boys in choosing items and drawing pictures for our Operation Christmas Child boxes every year as a way to love someone they don't even know. We donate toys and clothes to charity together.

We are teaching our kids to live out Proverbs 16:24: Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

We are loving to each other, to our friends, to our family and to the people in our neighborhood. As they get older they will see us model this kind of love to all sorts of people we come across...even those we don't agree with because at the end of the day, there is not a more powerful change inducer than love.

I was excited to see Fox's new movie trailer "Won't Back Down" because there seems to be so few movies these days that inspire good change. Our society seems to focus on the bad, the sad, the ugly and the things that tear down our society.

In case you haven't heard about it here is Fox's description: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

Fox is using this new movie as a catapult to inspire change...and it comes out September 28!

You can check out more on their Facebook page HERE to get some inspiration and use that inspiration to answer the following question and enter to win one of two $40 Fandango gift cards! (Because movies aren't cheap ya'll!)

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wigget said...

if you see something you'd ilke changed, start with your county council

Simona Walters said...

We live in a military communtiy so I try to welocome my neighbors with a list of the local things: eateries, babysitters, where not to go, and the best pizza places.
I also try to open everyone with open arms. We have a huge flux of in and outs but I hope to make a difference even if it is for a short while.

Jessica said...

Don't just complain about the change you wish to see. Put that change into action. Others follow positivity.

Jessica said...

Don't sit and complain about the change you'd like to see. Put the change into action. Others follow positivity.

Kelly Massman said...

Start with the appropriate elected official... and I find courage if I don't have to stand alone.
kmassman gmail

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

Volunteer, be informed, participate. Get to know my neighbors!

Joy Morris said...

Start small and impact your neighbors or the kids/families at your school. I'd love to say that I could champion some great cause, and if I needed to, I suppose I could, but I don't have the time or energy to devote to something that big (nor the passion/drive for a particular issue right now). But, by impacting a few people, the influence will grow and affect even more people. I think that convictions inspire being courageous. If you really believe it, you'll follow after it.

joymorris13 (at) gmail (dot) com

Blanca said...

My family is in the military so I will strive to be even more helpful to new military spouses and volunteer more to create a change in the military with it's family readiness.

My children give me courage. Because of them I know I have to do my best to create a better place for them. A better childhood with love and happiness.

Thank you! :)

Tabathia B said...

I speak up when I see kids bullying other kids in the neighborhood and an advocate for my community by being part of the community watch program
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Melinda said...

I can be kind to those around me, even when I'm not treated well

Melinda said...


Debra said...

we can be a change agent by being informed, participating and speaking up. Going through the proper channels is necessary and lastly, not giving up.

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Karina said...

i find courage in standing up for what's right

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Karina said...

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I can be an agent for change by volunteer work and standing up for what is wrong. My family is my source of courage.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

gettingfitinphilly said...

I can volunteer more and inspire others to do the same!

ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

erika said...

What give me courage is blogging, and the whole blogging community. We feed each other. We change each other. We inspire each other.

MCantu1019 said...

By volunteering. My children give me the courage to do what needs to be done.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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Unknown said...

By being active in the community and volunteering at special events. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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slehan said...

I sing with the Raging Grannies and we try to change hearts and minds through humorous songs.
Thanks for the contest.

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wizardewu said...

Keep informed, stay engaged and pursue the most important issue to my family.
eugeniewu at gmail dot com

Betty C said...

I am not comfortable confronting a situation unless it involves my children. My activity tends to be more with organizations so I have been active in PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Rainbow Girls. I always hope the lessons learned in these groups will stay with the children for the rest of their lives.

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Betty C said...

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Howell said...

I care about my family and community so I try to pursue issues that matter the most to both.
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Janice said...

God gives me courage by volunteering and getting others involved with their ideas to help make our community better.

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jakiesmom said...

my son gives me courage, cause i want things better for him...i just started volunterring at his school and joined the pto

Megan said...

My husband and I spend a ton of time with our kids. We hang out with them, share God's Word with them (proactively) and we teach them the importance of loving others well. I think this is where the heart of change dwells.

We are raising girls who love others, who love to help (we volunteer at church and at our local free health care clinic), and who give freely.

All of my courage in this crazy world comes from Christ.

Crystal, thanks for these posts!

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