So, it goes without saying that everyone needs to be cheered on now and then – kids included. Whether it’s school, sports or trying to make new friends, the children in our lives are on a journey of growth and self-exploration. Few things are more helpful to kids than the support of a parent or grown-up who believes in them and is there with a few heartfelt words of encouragement.
But sometimes, what kids hear “goes in one ear and out the other,” meaning that kids are often missing out on something they really need: encouraging words. In fact, Hallmark research revealed that the moms they surveyed think they are encouraging their children all the time, but in the moments when their kids most needed encouragement, the kids didn’t feel like it was there.
To help grown-ups better connect with and encourage kids, Hallmark recently introduced the all-new Kids Collection, a line of cards and gifts designed specifically to cheer kids on, cheer them up and make them smile. You can check out some of Hallmark’s Kids Collection. There, you’ll see a sampling of the gifts and cards that are available for grown-ups to share with the kids in their lives. Within the line, there are cards appropriate for children falling within your kids’ age range, so I thought it might be something you’d like to share with them for their feedback.
Lori here (the above text was courtesy of Hallmark) I received a bundle of cards and two journals in the mail to review. This new Kids Collection is much better than the photos I managed to find online. Some of the cards are recordable or include music, some have just the right words written, and some have little "trinkets"…a bracelet or a little medal to put in a pocket. Even our 14yo very manly (cough) teenager claimed a few items, including a "keep out or else" journal with skull art.
So, want some stuff, too? As I said before, Hallmark is giving away a JOURNAL and a BUNDLE of CARDS to TWO FreelyEducate.com readers (You get to choose if you'd like the journal for a girl or a boy)
How to Enter? You can enter a few different ways:
1. The Easy Peasy Way: Say you want one in the comments below.
2. Tweet this giveaway.
3. Facebook this giveaway.
4. Blog this giveaway.
Only one entry per method per day, okay? And, only US addresses this time (sorry!). Random.org will select the winner. Deadline: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, at noon CST, so you'll have time to finish your taxes afterward. Right?
p.s. Hallmark is offering a free Kids Collection card to all of you. You'll have to go to a Hallmark store by May 30, 2010.
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Our family would love a journal and bundle of hallmark cards. Those are our favorites for birthdays and fun events. We would prefer a journal for a girl.
We would be delighted to receive a journal and card bundle. Btw- we LOVE Freely Educate, thanks so much for all your hard work!
Freely Educate has become a necessity in my children’s education!! We would love a journal and card bundle! Thank you so much for all you do!
Kh. Nicole D. says
I would love one. Thanks for this site. You have pointed out so many amazing resources!
Very cool! I know my daughter would really love this.
Lorie Vondrak says
I would love this for my family!
Stephanie Burke says
I am in need of a new journal. I have kept a journal since I was 8 years old. More recently my journals report on the lives of my children and family, not so much just me! And I can always use some nice cards! Thanks.
WE’d love this. My daughter and I both journal, and I like to keep a stack of cards for all occassions. Thank you.
I want one!
Heidi Carpenter says
What a great giveaway!
Please enter me in the contest for the cards & journal. Thank you!
I’d love one! My daughter is reading on her own now, and I think a journal would be great for her to put down her thoughts.
My kids and I would love this!!!
Great giveaway! I’d love this!
I would love to share this with my kiddies! Thanks Freely Educate for being amazing!
Jackie White Penn says
Who doesn’t need cards???
I would love this one.
Kim B says
Love this blog and would love to have journal; I look forward to your email every day !
These look fantastic!!!
I would love a set for a girl! What a great giveaway from Hallmark!
We’d love to check these out!
Lyssa Holtz says
Excellent! I would love this!
What a great giveaway! I would love this Hallmark set!
What fun! My girls and I would love this!
Please enter me — my kids and I would love to win this!
kimberly kovach says
Thanks for letting me have a chance to win!
Angie F. says
I would love to win this! I love encouraging things! Thanks for the chance! 🙂
What a great idea! Please enter me (for a boy).
I would love to win this set! For now I’m doing the “Easy Peasy” way of enterring, but later I’ll try to do the other three types of entries as well!
We would love to check out the new journals and cards. We all need encouragement, especially our children. What a great idea!
My Daughter would really really love this,
She just started writting Journals…
We would love these for our little guys. Thanks!
Wow! It would be great to win. I would like it for a girl. Thanks for the opportunity. Thanks for all you do. I receive many emails yours is the one I always read.
I would love it (in the girl variety)! Thanks so much for your super site!
Cheryl Burton says
We would love to have the journal and cards. Thank you
Pajama Mama says
This sounds wonderful! This is a great way to connect with the children, especially our teenage daughter.
Stacey Moore says
What a sweet giveaway! We would love to receive it.
How cool is this! My girls would love it! I do too!
Wilda Lahmann says
Now how cool is this! My girls would love it. So do I!
OH what a wonderful give-away! All four of my girls keep journals, so this would be greatly loved and appreciated in my home. (Pick me.) And yes, I need to encourage my kids more. The cards are great!
We’d love to have this!
DeAnna Welch says
Would love to have this for my son. We are embarking on homeschool for our first time. Thanks for all of your valuable info!
Would love the Hallmark journal and bundle. this is our first year homeschooling and we’ve so enjoyed your blog. Thanks so much for sharing all your finds with us.
Oh neat~! We would love to have this for our family. My son has multiple severe medical problems and we chose to homeschool him so that we could help him reach his full potential. We would LOVE this! Thanks for being the awesome site that you are 🙂
please enter me!
Donna A. says
Would love to win this! 🙂
I blogged about the giveaway!
I would love to win this prize. I’m trying to teach my daughter the importance of journaling by example and am using my own up!
I would love to be able to share these with my kids. What a nice way of encouraging them.
I made an entry on Facebook about this giveaway!
I gave a Tweet about this giveaway!
I want one!
Tammy C. says
I want one!! =)
My daughter would love a journal! Thanks
OH, Would love to win! Thanks!
We would love this Angel loves giving cards to Eldery .I love it also
We would love to receive this bundle! We would like a journal for a girl please. I lo love Hallmark cards! Thanks for all you do!
Our kids love to write, draw, express themselves! This would definitely be a hit at our house! Thanks Hallmark and Freely Educate!!
I’d love to win one of these! Thanks!
My daughter loves to journal. She would cherish this gift.
Jenny Williams says
I want one! It’s gorgeous.
Since I don’t blog, tweet, or facebook here’s my entry.
New to the site, thanks for all the wonderful info!
My teenage daughter would enjoy a journal since she uses a good old notebook for her journal right now. I would love to win this for her!
My 11-yr-old dd is crazy about journals of all sizes, shapes, and interior paper types ! I wish that I could win this for her enjoyment.
We would love to win something like this as we are always thinking of ways to bring a smile to someone’s face!
Musheera Anis says
I would love to have this …
Thanks for giving us this chance.
Got my fingers crossed! 😉
Angie F. says
I posted this on my facebook today as well! 🙂 I almost forgot to come back! Thanks again for the chance to win Lori! 🙂 Oh and I would like the girl one if I win! Thanks!