How to Teach Your Kids To Be People Who Make a Difference (In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day in honor of the man who, as the CogniToys Dino says, was an “iconic African-American civil rights activist and Baptist minister known for using nonviolent means to protest injustice.” Martin Luther King Jr. made an impact every day by fighting on behalf of thousands of people who were being treated unjustly. You can help your kids follow in Dr. King’s footsteps by teaching them to make a difference in their own way.

Get Involved in a New Cause

If you want to get your kids interested in a cause, it’s important to get involved yourself as well. Start out by making a list of a few kid-friendly charities, then let your little ones pick their favorites. Children love seeing the results of their charitable efforts, so try focusing on non-profits that show you where your donation goes. For example, Tiny Superheroes lets you sponsor a custom-made superhero cape for a sick child. You can even direct your gift by choosing one of the “super” kids from the charity’s waiting list. Check out this handy list of volunteering opportunities for more ideas.

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Perform a Random Act of Kindness

Martin Luther King always asked, “what are you doing for others?” Even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference. The Selfless Movement, for example, focuses on using social media to inspire acts of love and connection. These acts can be anything from giving a homeless person a hot meal, to taking the time to comfort someone who is upset or lonely. Get your kids involved in these acts by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas and set weekly kindness goals. By doing so, you can teach them at an early age how easily they can bring a smile to the face of someone in need.

Donate to Someone Who Needs Help

Donating to someone in need is a great way to have a positive impact on your community. To get your kids involved, try starting out with a fun make-your-own-piggy-bank project. Then, as a finishing touch, label it the “giving bank” and explain that every penny they put in it will go to help someone who needs it. Encourage them to fill up the piggy bank by making a rewards chart with the various dollar amounts they can get for simple tasks like finishing their homework or helping with the dishes. When the piggy bank has around $10, let them pick the family they would like to give the money to by searching sites like GoFundMe.

By committing to just one of these steps, you can be help your kids to make a positive difference. Are your kids already actively involved in making a difference? We’d love to hear about it. Share your story with us at, or by leaving a comment below.


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