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World Kindness Day: Encouraging Our Kids To Be Kind

Tuesday, November 13th is World Kindness Day! How will you celebrate?

At Kindness.org, they think about kindness A LOT and today they want us to focus on a really important group of people—kids.

#KindKids

As Mr. Rogers taught us, when a child does a kind act they discover something special about themselves. Kindness is a path to feeling good about yourself, others, and the world around you.

Science tells us that acts of kindness, big or small, make the giver, receiver, and even lucky bystanders happier. When we teach a child how to do a kind act, we are giving them a powerful tool for well-being.

One of the best ways to celebrate World Kindness Day is to ask your child what kindness means to them.

Words Matter. What Does Your Child Have To Say?

When we focus on kindness, we inspire a better world. Talking to kids about kindness can start with listening to what they have to say.

We can ask our kids how they define kindness and what counts as kindness to them. And we can ask our kids to share a story of kindness from their own lives with us. Who do they consider to be “kind” people? Why?

Listening to our kids is an act of kindness itself, as we encourage them to look for kindness in their daily lives and continue to define for themselves what kindness means.

We believe teaching our kids about kindness is one of the best skills we can teach them. As a child practices being kind, they develop their ability to find good in the world, and in themselves.

Kindness is contagious. The more we think about it, and the more we talk about it, the more kindness there will be in the world. And more kindness = more happiness!

November 12, 2018
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Life at Our PLACE: 2018 Back-to-School Fashion Show

A few weeks ago, employees of The Children’s Place HQ office gathered in the cafeteria for an exciting perk… the Back-to-School Fashion Show. The place where they normally eat lunch was epically transformed into a fashion show space. Art designers went all out creating a runway display complete with curtains, music, lights and graphics made to complement the clothes.

The best part was that the fashion show starred kids of The Children’s Place employees, making it extra cute and special!

Kids Just Being Kids

As the viewers took their seats, kids (turned runway models for the day!) of all ages gathered backstage, being primped and prepped by The Children’s Place stylists. They were filled with nervous excitement as they planned how they were going to strut their stuff down the runway.

The fashion show was organized into sections based on the styles being shown, opening with trendy school outfits. Kids danced down the runway wearing huge smiles as the audience cheered them on. When they reached the end, they took an extra few seconds in the spotlight. Boys dabbed and flossed, while girls blew kisses and gave each other high-fives.

The next category focused on uniforms, showing the audience that just because a kid has to wear a uniform to school, doesn’t mean they can’t style it to be their own with trendy accessories! This group was having just as much fun, with some staying put at the end of the runway, waving and smiling at the audience, instead of turning around and heading backstage.

The Matching Family group got a lot of cheers, as some of the models were the employees themselves! One group had Mom walking down the runway wearing the Women’s Short Sleeve ‘Boss Lady’ Matching Family Graphic Tee, while her kids wore the coordinating ‘Mom’s The Boss’ Matching Family Graphic Tee. In another, Dad wore the Men’s Daddy And Me Short Sleeve ‘Best Dad’ Matching Graphic Tee, and his son wore the Toddler Boys version.

The show ended with a special appearance by some of the Kids Style Squad members, like Bobby, Sienna, Ava, and Emperor! Don’t forget to check out our Kids Style Squad page to see the kids’ style picks!

Back-to-School Musts

Want to know what to add to your back-to-school shopping list? Don’t worry — thanks to the BTS Fashion Show, we know exactly what to get ’em.

If your girl doesn’t have to wear a uniform to school, then be sure to buy sequin EVERYTHING! This sparkly detail was dominating the runway. For boys, make sure to get a pair of stretchy denim! It’s stylish, goes with just about anything, and is comfy enough for all his activities.

For uniform kids, fun accessories to make their outfit their own are essential. Emoji slap bracelets, cool digital watches, and cat ear headbands are just some of the styles your kids will go crazy for.

No matter what your kids wear to school, you can’t go wrong with stylish backpacks! Kids on the runway wore everything from camo to superhero to glittery patch backpacks… perfect for carrying all of their school day necessities! Make sure to get them a lunch box they’ll love to go with it!

The first day of school is just around the corner! Get them prepared and ready for class with the ultimate back-to-school styles at The Children’s Place.

July 28, 2018
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Friends of Our Place: Meet Sharee Miller

They say you’re as good as the company you keep, and at our PLACE we get to hang out with some of the coolest, most talented people. They work hard to improve the world around them – plus believe in the strength of #kidpower – and we just can’t keep them to ourselves! Get to know our friends as we share their stories and positive vibe.

When she’s not designing totally rad graphics for our tees, Sharee’s playing with her two cats and empowering girls through her illustrations! Her recently-launched book Princess Hair features little girls doing the things they love and loving the hair they have. Read on to discover how this art-lover-turned-author found her creative path and followed it. If you end up swooning over her work like we do, make sure to check out all her #girlpower graphic tees!

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How did you get into illustration and design?

When I was a child, both of my older sisters were interested in art, and I guess I followed in their footsteps! I started by tracing cartoons and even made my own comic books in junior high. I loved telling stories that way, and eventually, I rediscovered picture books. My love of art would lead me to Pratt Institute, where I studied Communication Design. I learned quite a bit at Pratt, and found how art can exist in our everyday lives, not just on our walls or in books, but also on clothing!

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What inspired you to write the book Princess Hair?

When I was little, I asked my mom to straighten my hair because everyone that I knew also had straightened theirs. Our hair comes in a variety of textures and can be styled in many different ways. I wondered if we had books with princesses that featured the beauty of natural hair, would we have all wanted to change ours? I wrote my book to help empower girls who like their natural hairstyles by showing them positive representations of girls with hair like their own.

If you could give advice to today’s kids, what would it be?

Follow your dreams, even when there isn’t always a clear path to fulfill them. Always gather skills and knowledge about your interests – they’ll always help you to improve and open new possibilities that you hadn’t even thought of.

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July 5, 2018
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Kidspiration: Meet Marley Dias

We believe that kids have the power to do anything and be anyone they want and partnered with our friends over at ÊTRE GIRLS to learn what it takes to be a super-fly and empowering kidspirator like Marley.

 

MEET MARLEY: ACTIVIST & AUTHOR OF #1000BLACKGIRLBOOKS

Sometimes all it takes is a book, or in Marley’s case, a handful of books that didn’t represent her, to inspire change. In just 2 short years, this girl boss has gathered and shared around 9,000 books about black girl protagonists, become an Editor-in-Residence at Elle Magazine, interviewed Misty Copeland, Hillary Clinton and other strong women, and is now the newly-minted author of an easy-to-follow activism guide Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You!

HOW TO BE A KID BOSS LIKE MARLEY!

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Figure out what you like about yourself and things you enjoy doing.

Then learn what it takes to be an expert in that skill or activity. Knowing what you are passionate about will help you achieve your goals more easily (and you’ll have fun doing it)!

Recognize that you can make a difference right now!

“My best advice for middle school (kids) is that you don’t have to wait until you ‘grow up’ to make a difference. The concept of ‘grown up’ automatically limits you.” -Marley

Read, read, read! Books! News! Blogs! Interviews! Everything!

Always stay in learning mode ‐ being informed is the gateway to being inspired and doing great things.

Discuss something you’d like to change in your world, and then find different ways to solve it.

“If you have frustrations about what’s happening in the world around you, share those ideas with those around you. Share online (responsibly). Talk to your teachers and classmates. Doing these things will allow you to connect and possibly collaborate to create a community. This community can help you create social change.” -Marley

To read more about really cool girls just like Marley, check out ÊTRE GIRLS.

 

July 5, 2018
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Friends Of Our Place: Meet Dani Boglivi-Fiori

There are some really cool people at our PLACE. Lucky for us… they also know some really really cool people! Keith Fiori is our super-talented Vice President of Boys Graphics. He introduced us to his Emmy-Award Winning Set & Prop Stylist wife, Dani. This husband/wife duo is bursting with creativity… not only in fashion, but with sweet treats, too!

 COOKIE DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

We had the pleasure of hanging with Dani for the day at her brand-new cookie shop, Sweet Dani B. Within minutes of walking in, her ‘life is sweet’ mantra greeted us, not only on her shirt, but with her bubbly, sweet personality! We got to check out (and sample!) some of her beautiful custom cookies before inviting some friends over for a cookie party. Read on to learn more about Dani and how to throw the SWEETEST cookie party any kid will love!

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How did you get into cookie making?
I was searching for a unique wedding favor and thought something edible like a decorated cookie would be perfect. I had seen them in the pages of Martha Stewart Living and Weddings but was too afraid to try making them. I had never baked a thing in my life! A friend encouraged me to try it after she brought a plate of homemade heart cookies to our wedding rehearsal dinner. Sixteen years later, that cookie is now our “house heart” in the cookie shop.

What is your favorite type of cookie to decorate and why?
I have so many favorites it would be hard to pick just one… Unicorn, Hug Monster, Rainbow, Cloud, Owl, Troll, Snowglobe… just to name a few. Least favorite= Soccer Ball (every cookier’s nemesis is the Soccer Ball!)

What’s your personal recipe for happiness?
All of the above plus find someone amazing to share your life with.

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DANI’S COOKIE PARTY RECIPE

PERFECT FOR BIRTHDAYS, SNOW DAYS AND PLAY DAYS!

 

Ingredients

  • 12-24 cookies (Click for Dani’s exclusive sugar cookie recipe)
  • 2-10 enthusiastic kids
  • 4 bottles of colored icing (Get your very own kit here!)
  • 5-6 bowls of color coordinated (or not!) sprinkles
  • 2-3 cookie cutters (Fun fact: Dani designs her very own cookie cutter and has over 1,000 unique shapes!)
  • Paper plates
  • Toothpicks
  • Really good music
  • Plastic table cloth
July 5, 2018
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Kidspiration: Meet Gitanjali Rao

What does it take to achieve something as BIG as making clean water testing easy, efficient and affordable AND snagging a crazy-cool scientist title? A little girl full of big ideas and the determination to match it – Gitanjali Rao is living proof as this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner!

PURPOSE & RESEARCH

To learn about Gitanjali Rao using the Scientific Method, and to prove that every kid can achieve what they set out to do at any age, ÊTRE GIRLS got the scoop on Gitanjali’s story…

She was first inspired at 9 years old by the Flint Water Crisis through her school’s STEM lab and news outlets. Then she saw her parents test for lead in water at home and the difficulties they faced, sparking the idea to use technology to solve the problem. “I really wanted to do something to change this, not just for my family but for the residents of Flint and places like it around the world.”

Gitanjali received encouragement from her STEM teachers, mentors and family to pursue her goals. After gaining access to a safe high school lab, as well as other resources, she entered the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In this competition, Gitanjali was able to actualize her ideas into a product & app, and WIN!

PROCESS

Ê: What advice do you have for girls your age about finding a mentor?

G: My advice for finding mentors is to create a plan of study or research in whatever field you are passionate about, and reach out to experts or professionals in that field. I initially was nervous about reaching out to experts and professors, but this experience made me realize that the worst answer youmay get is a “no.” So, why not try? I always asked my mentors their expectation of a mentee and consciously made sure that I met their expectations, if not exceed it.

TCP: Any quotes or words of advice from your mentor that stick with you and might help otherkids in their projects or passions?

G: I would say to never be afraid of failing, and always have fun with whatever you’re doing.

VARIABLE FACTS

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CONCLUSION

As demonstrated by Gitanjali’s story, kids of all ages can achieve MAJOR #goals when you expose and discuss today’s challenges, and provide access to resources and mentors. All it takes is a spark of curiosity, an empowering environment and loads of determination. Get them hooked today on problem solving, passion projects and more with our friends at ÊTRE GIRLS!

July 3, 2018
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Friends of Our Place: Bill & His Critter Friends

They say you’re as good as the company you keep, and at our PLACE we get to hang out with some of the coolest, most talented people. They work hard to improve the world around them – plus believe in the strength of #kidpower – and we just can’t keep them to ourselves! Get to know our friends as we share their stories and positive vibe.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BILL & OUR CRITTER FRIENDS!

We’re lucky enough to hang out with a lot of fun humans, but we LOVE hanging out with our animal friends the most. Every couple of photo shoots, we invite Bill the animal wrangler and his crazy crew of critters to help bring the season’s theme and messaging to life (literally!). And guess what’s even cooler? Not only are they rescue animals, but they’re famous, too – spot ’em in a theater or ad near you!

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THE GREEN IGUANA

Scientific name: Iguana iguana

Diet: Herbivore

Average lifespan: 20 years

Besides chillin’ on skateboards, iguanas are excellent swimmers and can last under water without breathing for 28 minutes!

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THE BLUE GOLD MACAW

Scientific name: Ara ararauna

Diet: Omnivore

Average lifespan: 60+ years

When macaws find their mate, they always fly close together, with their wings nearly touching. #BFFs4EVA

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THE SENEGAL PARROT

Scientific name: Poicephalus senegalus

Diet: Omnivore

Average lifespan: up to 50 years

Parrots are affectionate and have a good sense of humor, so they make for great pets and a totally loyal friendship!

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THE BLUE RINGNECK PARAKEET

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri manillensis

Diet: Omnivore

Average lifespan: 25-30 years

The blue ringneck parakeet has the clearest, most charming voice (perfect for having convos all day long)!

June 30, 2018
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Kidspiration: Meet Sammy Wolfe

We believe that kids have the power to do anything and be anyone they want. The Children’s Place is on a mission to inspire, encourage and empower kids of all ages to do just that! So here’s a little kidspiration. Read it. Share it. Love it.

MEET SAMMY: INVENTOR OF THE HEATED LACROSSE STICK

Sammy Wolfe was just 11 years old when a brilliant idea came to her. She was playing lacrosse and noticed it was hard to grip her stick because her hands were so cold and numb. So she thought… why not create a heated lacrosse stick? And she did just that. With a little help from her parents, she brought her invention FingerFire to life. So ÊTRE GIRLS asked her…

 

If middle school kids have a cool idea for a new invention, what would you tell them? What can they do to pursue innovative ideas at an early age?

“One thing to always remember is to never stop believing in yourself. Even if you are a young woman your ideas do matter. I have received many rejections throughout this (not over yet) journey, but that has never stopped me. You only need one “yes” to have your dreams come true. If you have an innovative idea you want to pursue, share it with friends and family to get feedback and suggestions. For example, the way I found the product development company I have been using (Enventys Partners in Charlotte, North Carolina) was by talking to a family friend that happened to know someone there. Connections are everything in life so make sure to share your ideas with others because you never know what might come out of the conversation.”

 

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THE SCOOP ON FINGERFIRETM

  • Maintains 100° for approximately 90 min in temperatures down to 30°
  • Has a toggle switch embedded in the butt of stick for charging and playing mode
  • Super robust structure that’s able to sustain game conditions and is compatible with both carbon fiber and aluminum sticks

Learn more about Sammy Wolfe here.

Etre Girls Website

June 29, 2018
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