21st century kids


Young girl writing in her journal
Mona Gilbert, October 20, 2020

It is often assumed that in order to try something new, you must be an expert. For some, the thought of trying something new elicits feelings of inadequacy, and lacking specific skills becomes a barrier. Journaling is an endeavor where outside judgment has no role in the process.

Group of young, budding entrepreneurs
Mona Gilbert, October 13, 2020

Financial literacy in the 21st Century is critical for all to learn. There is no better way to learn these essential skills, than first-hand experiences with earning and managing money. It’s empowering for kids not only to see their personal allowance accumulate but also money earned.

Kids and parents clean up trash from a beach
Mona Gilbert, October 06, 2020

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Young girl facing her laptop in a stress-free pose
Mona Gilbert, September 29, 2020

A common wish for adults is to return to childhood where it's assumed stress is non-existent. Although memories of play are at the forefront of this erroneous belief, stress is very real for kids in the 21st Century.

Photo illustration/composite of  US map and computer desk. Computer screen has title Travel America
Mona Gilbert, September 22, 2020

“Don’t tell me the sky's the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.”—Paul Brandt

Kids, teens planning a nature exploration in the neighborhood
Mona Gilbert, September 15, 2020

The health of Earth is in peril. What can children do to make an impact in the healing process? Kids can become “Earth Ambassadors,” which are mindful and purposeful consumers of earth’s resources.

Girl solving a mathematical problem on the blackboard
Mona Gilbert, September 08, 2020

“Most of the time I liked school and got good grades. In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math - I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was!

Happy, laughing diverse tweens standing near a school bus
Mona Gilbert, September 01, 2020

“Friendships, just like relationships with parents and siblings, are never simple.”—excerpted from: Friends and Frenemies, by Jennifer Castle & Deborah Reber

Smiling, diverse kids walking side by side in a grassy playground
Mona Gilbert, August 24, 2020

Kindness involves an action, intent, and empathy towards another person. Most of all, the desire for kindness to others is, at its core, a learned behavior. Children learn how to be kind by being exposed to people exhibiting kind behavior.