E-Courses and Support to Help Raise Kind Kids
Can't make it to an in-person parenting class? No worries! We have specifically designed the Pennies of Time Kindness Academy for you!
The Pennies of Time Kindness Academy has resources and e-courses designed to take the complexity and burden out of teaching kids to be kind and think of others. Based on the research behind kindness and effective teaching strategies, course instructors provide videos, presentations, worksheets, and printables to help you get the Kindness Action going whether in your family, your classroom, or with a group of volunteering kids.
Bust the Busy-ness: 3 Strategies toTeach Kindness without Going Crazy
Virtual Kindness Summer Camp
Family Focused Service Newsletter
"My oldest two are teenagers. I wish I had these resources when they were little. I will definitely be using Sheila’s ideas with all my kids this week. My advice to other parents: Listen to what Sheila has to say and give it a try!” Janet, Mom of 4
“I am always nervous that these parenting courses or presentations will make me feel guilty or that I need to do MORE. Not this one! Sheila showed how I could really make a few small changes to start with in things that I already do to get this going. Thank you!” Sharlene, Mom of 6
“Seriously, awesome! I always get caught up in those act of kindness challenges and get some done but feel guilty for not finishing . . . or push my kids too hard to finish. This is a brilliant way to think about it AND if I want to do the next act of kindness challenge I see, I think I know how to do it better.” Susan, Mom of 3
In Person Parenting Classes
Offered on a rotating basis, Sheila teaches, through stories and real life experiences, practical tips how to get kindness going in your family. The following classes offered are:
- Kindness Booster Shot: End Summer Boredom with Acts of Kindness
- Parenting with Kindness (June)
- Building Your Family Kindness Routines (August)
Classes can also be catered to a specific event or audience. Just let us know what your needs are and we can put together a meaningful experience that will make a difference.
Other classes offered:
- How to Get Kids Serving in the Community without Power Struggles
- Four Steps to Infuse Kindness Routines into Your Busy Life
- The Suprising and Not-So-Suprising Things that Happen When Your Family Starts Serving in the Community
- How to Build a Happy Family or How NOT to Raise an Axe Murderer
One parent said,“It was the perfect amount of information and illustrative stories to help me learn what I needed to about getting my family to do this. Sheila is terrific!”
Our Teaching Staff
Sheila brings to life acts of kindness and service projects that kids can do. In her daily adventures of serving with her young boys, she has witnessed the awesome things that happen when kids serve others. She started serving daily with her kids in 2012, when they were 3 and 5 years old. What started as a way to teach her kids empathy has transitioned to a way of life and a connection with thousands of others.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin and her Masters of Education in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught in a variety of settings from a classroom in small town Texas, to a psychiatric unit in Chicago, to the US Department of Education. Public school, private school, charter school, and in the community, Sheila has had the opportunity to teach and present in almost every type of setting. Along each step of the way, she worked with parents and students to improve parenting and learning skills.
Known for her innovative teaching skills and ability to reach even the "hardest to reach" student, Sheila's professional background is rooted in applying best teaching practices while addressing the needs of the student.
"I could sit in Sheila's class all day and not get bored. I don't care if she is talking about how to make toilet paper. She is creative, enthusiastic, and effective at what she does. What she teaches makes a difference!" Shelly, mom of 4
As an educator and professional with 20 years of experience in working with children and parents, she truly believes that teaching kids to be kind results in a happier family.
Her goal: For families to choose to complete an act of kindness as often as they go to soccer practice or to the movies.
"Let's elevate the meaningful activities that we do as a family and lessen the activities that isolate us from one another." Sheila with Pennies of Time