Doing Good Together, Family Volunteering - Jenny Friedman of Doing Good Together interviewed by Sandy Fowler on Heart Filled Holidays Radio, March 23

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Happiness is all over the media these days and moms are trying to figure out how to live well and be happy. Today we're learning a lesson from beavers. Find out how these little critters can help moms be happier. Then take a look at ideas for filling those Easter baskets! We have tips for filling Easter baskets for older kids and you'll hear some candy-free basket ideas to help you create fun without the sugar.

Then we're chatting with Jenny Friedman from Doing Good TogetherTM. She's joining us to explore fun and simple ways for families to volunteer together. Doing Good Together empowers parents to raise children who care about others and contribute to society. One of the ways they do this is by sharing ideas for family volunteering which include children of all ages. Jenny will share some of these ideas with you as well as giving you tips for making the most of your volunteer experience.  

And in Christmas Corner we're talking about homemade gifts for dads. Dads can be tough to buy for and receiving a homemade gift can melt their heart faster than an ice cube on a sidewalk in August. You'll discover two cute and creative ways to show dad you care.

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Jenny Friedman, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Doing Good TogetherTM (DGTTM), a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that empowers families to raise children who care and contribute. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Carleton College and doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., she worked as a teacher and clinician. She has written more than 100 articles on issues of parenting, child development and education for local and national magazines, including American Baby, Parenting and Parents. She wrote The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering, a comprehensive resource describing hundreds of volunteer projects for families, published by Robins Lane Press in 2003. She coauthored Doing Good Together:101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools and Communities (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010), a compendium of family-friendly service activities that can be done on-site at schools, workplaces and congregations. As executive director of DGT, Friedman consults with organizations to develop family volunteer programs; conducts workshops; presents at conferences; writes the monthly newsletter and articles on family service; provides interviews to the media; and writes various publications. She is also involved in launching new initiatives, creating family service materials, developing new relationships, and finding ways to deepen the impact of kindness and service on a local and national level.

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Heart Filled Holidays is a weekly talk radio show. Sandy Fowler interviews experts and shares ideas, inspiration and strategies busy moms and families can use to create better holidays and happier lives. From Christmas Day to Every Day, moms will get tips, strategies and inspiration to make family life just what they want. Live radio shows air at noon ET (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT) on and podcasts are available for all prior shows on the Heart Filled Holidays Radio page and on iTunes.


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