We think children learn best by example. We started with a cast of characters, The SPRiTELEES who looked out for others, made things happen one small step at a time, and had a lot of fun in the process. It made sense to follow their wise lead.
Our Kindness Grove Knoll series project was to be SPRiTELEE and help children's charities. In this way, when we were sharing the book with young children we could look them in the eye and say that we practice what we preach. We made these books and give them away to help children's causes, not to profit ourselves. It was also powerfully motivating to show our own children that we didn't know what we were doing, but we took it one step at a time, got out of our own way, and made the world better by offering our gifts to others.
It seemed like a lovely mission that we could be proud of when we started ten years ago. And we stand behind it today.