Positive Parenting: Kind Families at the LA Zoo

kind at la zooOn May 16, KIND Snacks held a Kindness Safari at zoos across the country, including the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. KIND team members set up a booth by the entrance of the zoo and welcomed families to join in on the fun. Kids were given a scavenger hunt booklet to complete, noting all of the wonderful things at the zoo, writing special messages and drawing their favorite animals. Once complete, they received a take-home kindness kit that included a lunch tote and KIND goodies. Also at the booth was a flower wall where visitors were encouraged to take a flower and pass it on to someone else, demonstrating a random act of kindness.

We spoke with KIND Team Lead April Parise about the event and how demonstrating kindness is a form of positive parenting. She also shared what it is like to be a mom and work for a company that stands for kindness.

What’s the best part of being a mom?

The best part of being a mom is watching your children learn and grow. Encouraging them to explore their world and discover what they are passionate about. It’s the thousands of opportunities to be both the observer and the teacher.

What are some everyday acts of kindness parents and kids can do?

Oh gosh, there are so many – and it’s the small ones that have a lasting impact. Frequent acts of kindness are what helps make the world a better place – things such as making sure to say please, and thank you. You can help your little brother or sister without being asked. You can give a friend a compliment, or tell your teacher how much you appreciate her. Tell your mom you love the way she always turns your dirty socks right-side-out for you, hahaha!

How does working for KIND, a company whose focus is on making the world a littler kinder, impactKIND notes you and your family?

I am fortunate to be part of the KIND family in which kindness is an integral part of our DNA. Because doing kind things is such a huge part of my life with my job, it is only natural that it is top of mind at home with my family. We talk all the time about what it means to be kind, some of the things that we as a company are doing, and they also get to see me out in the field spreading kindness with work. It’s important to lead by example so when they see me bringing paper flowers to sick children and staff at CHLA, or simply thanking a clerk and saying “have a nice day”, it shows them the power of kindness and how quickly it can spread.

Why did KIND partner with the LA Zoo?

We are partnering with zoos across the country for this year’s iteration of our ongoing Kind Parents, Kind Kids program to show kids how easy and fun doing kind acts every day can be. This year, we chose to work with zoos, like the LA Zoo, because they are not only a fun place for families to spend the day together but we want to show kids that no matter where they are, there are opportunities to do kind acts. Beyond that, the LA Zoo was the perfect partner as they are very important part of the LA and Southern California Community. They live kindness every day in the way that they take care of the animals, help educate school kids and the public about the animals and their environments, and what we can do to help them. The team members at the zoo have been so great to work with, and I truly mean it when I say they couldn’t be kinder!

KIND flower wallAnything else in the works for KIND?

Oh we are always working on wonderful ways inspire KINDness! As part of our KIND Movement, we have a program called KIND Causes where KIND helps people bring their socially-impactful ideas to life through monthly $10,000 grants. What’s unique about this program is that the community decides who should receive the grant each month. By voting, each person is committing to carrying out a kind act in his or her own life. If you are interested in learning more, visit causes.kindsnacks.com. Beyond our Movement, we also have some very exciting new family-friendly products coming out in the fall – so stay tuned for more on that front!

To learn more about KIND, visit www.kindsnacks.com.

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