Author Archives: esralston

Just Do It! Be an Artist Now!

Saw this great TED talk by Young-ha Kim, a South Korean writer, about not letting anything stop you from being an artist. He spoke of parents who played Legos with their kids, even after the kid has lost interest, and the parents … Continue reading

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Birthday Dreams for All: Providing Birthday Parties for Children of Struggling Families

Happy New Year! Here is my first Parentmap post of 2014. I love the idea of volunteers coming together to pull off a party for kids whose families can’t afford this luxury. Now that 2014 is off to a good … Continue reading

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Experiencing Another Culture Without Leaving Home

If you have ever thought about hosting someone from another country in your home, this article I wrote might convince you it’s a great idea. It’s not for everyone, but it has been a fun experience for me and my … Continue reading

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Finding Joy in the Simple Things

This morning, in the car on the way to school, we were stopped at a light at an intersection just off the highway that is usually frequented by low-income or homeless people selling the newspaper, Real Change. They buy the … Continue reading

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Global Service Opportunities for Teens

At long last, my piece on global service opportunities for teens is out! This was great fun to write and there was a lot of information to sift through. Happy holidays!

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The Philippines Disaster: What Can I Do (or Not Do)?

In case you are wondering how you can help, check out my blog on “How NOT to help in times of disaster.”

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The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss

I’ve been meaning to post about The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss for a while. I’ve been working with the E.D. and founder, Paige Stringer, for the last few months on various things, including writing this article that just … Continue reading

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A Different Way of Giving for Birthdays and Holidays

I’ve been working on researching for an article I just finished for the Parentmap print magazine about global service trips for teens (stay tuned- it’s coming out later this month), which is why you haven’t seen me posting much lately. … Continue reading

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3rd Graders are named Outstanding Young Philanthropists of 2013

I just wrote a very fun article about how 3rd grade students at Ordway Elementary School on Bainbridge Island have become intimately involved in a project that helps a community on Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua. Makes me wish … Continue reading

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