I was happy to be introduced to the Kids CWIST For Kids initiative this holiday season. In honor of #GivingTuesday they want to help parents and their kids get back into the giving spirit for the holidays, so they are providing a way for us to do something for other kids this holiday season, instilling a love of contribution at an early age. As you may know, I have been trying to focus less on receiving gifts and making wish lists this time of year with my kids and instead focus more on how we can bless others. You know as well as I do that kids especially can forget the importance and value of giving to those less fortunate.
The Kids CWIST for Kids charitable initiative connects a parent and their children to a child in need. Parents assign their children CWISTs to complete but instead of their child receiving the reward, a gift will be donated to a child whose family can’t afford holiday presents. In addition, CWIST will also be donating the first $2,000 in toys earned by children for completing CWISTs to family-supporting charities.
My kids and I are all going to participate. I see this as the perfect opportunity for us to give — while learning a little something, too. We will choose a child and their “wish” and I will assign each of them to a CWIST learning challenge to complete to earn a gift for our chosen child in need. Through Kids CWIST for Kids we will be supporting kids at homeless shelters this holiday season, and we’re excited to make our chosen children’s day just a little bit brighter!
What is CWIST?
CWIST is an incentive-based digital learning platform where parents and educators can share ideas, motivate kids to learn and teach valuable life lessons. With CWIST, parents assign a learning challenge (“a cwist”) that the child will love doing because it’s interactive and it’s fun. There are two types of CWISTs: Ready-made challenges can be drawn from an online library of age-appropriate educational online games, such as a math challenges. Or, parents can create their own challenge for their kids to complete. This might be a chore, such as filling up two bags of leaves from the yard, or a learning activities, such completing a reading assignment.
For completing these CWISTs, kids can earn parent-designated rewards such as a bowl of their favorite ice cream, an extra hour of television, or that cell phone upgrade they’ve been yearning for. These CWIST challenges help teach kids the importance of hard work in achieving their goals.
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