Sheila brings to life acts of kindness and service projects that kids can do. In her daily adventures of serving with her young boys, she has witnessed the awesome things that happen when kids serve others. She started serving daily with her kids in 2012, when they were 3 and 5 years old. What started as a way to teach her kids empathy has transitioned to a way of life and a connection with thousands of others. She is currently the founder and president of Pennies of Time: Teach Kids to Serve, a nonprofit focused on providing resources and tools for busy families to integrate kindness into their daily lives.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin and her Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught in a variety of settings from a classroom in small town Texas, to a psychiatric unit in Chicago, to the US Department of Education. As an educator and professional with 20 years of experience in working with children and parents, she truly believes that teaching kids to be kind results in a happier family.
Character Trait-Integrating kindness into busy family routines
Help families better integrate kindness into their daily routine
- Start doing small acts of kindness everyday
- Three ways to experience kindness
- Receive kindness – do acts of kindness within the family, let your kids experience kindness as well. This will make their simple acts of kindness more meaningful.
- Give kindness – have a kindness kit. It’s your on-the-go bag where all the things that you will need when you need to give kindness.
- Witness kindness – do awareness activities like reading books about kindness.
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