I'm willing to guess that many of you have kids that have computer games and xbox, wii and Nintendo games top on their Christmas list. If you are anything like me, these are the least favorite gifts to give.
I worry (too much, my kids would tell you) about my kids wasting valuable time online and "gaming." My kids will also tell you I expend a lot of energy encouraging them to find other things to do with their free time. Well I just came across an website with games for kids that I would actually encourage my kids to play!
The website is called Generation Cures. Here's how they describe themselves: "Generation Cures is an online community for kids and families that helps raise funds for research critical to finding cures for childhood diseases. It's a fun, fascinating, educational experience that uses games, videos, puzzles and more to teach kids and their families that, through the power of giving, they can make a true difference in the world."
What I love about this online community for tweens:
- Really fun games that do a good job of engaging critical thinking and reasoning skills, while teaching kids about science and math!
- Videos about some amazing kids. So inspiring.
- At every corner, kids learn about helping others and giving back.
- Biggest love: the community teaches tweens that you don't have to be an adult to make a difference.
With vacation upon us, I am definitely going to encourage my kids to spend time in the Generation Cures community. This holiday season, teaching our kids about giving back is a gift we can give them that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Just like the credit card commercials say: priceless.