Thanks so much for checking out the IMK community.
InspireMyKids.com is a place where people can find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life, authentic, stories, videos, books, quotes and projects to share with the children and teens in their lives to help them become the best version of themself and make the world a better place.
We created this site because it’s something we wanted for ourselves and our kids. Like all parents, we want to try and do whatever we can to help our kids become people who value what matters most, whether it’s helping others, showing compassion, acting bravely, being a good citizen, or persisting in challenging times.
We choose each story, quote and cause for this site because we feel it offers a compelling example of behavior or values we admire and want to instill in our kids (like courage, determination, honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, tolerance, etc.). The idea – which has proven out in our families – is that sharing these stories and words with kids will spark the kind of meaningful discussions that can really help shape a kid’s perception of what it is to be a motivated, empathetic and good person.
Who Are We?
We’re best friends who met in college and formed a fast and lasting bond that we still have over 20 years later, along with our fantastic wives. As we’ve all entered our 40s and our families have gotten larger, we’ve continued to grow into our roles as parents, and to redefine what we think it takes to give our kids the best chance to succeed as they grow up. (And they grow up so fast!)
While our parenting styles aren’t identical, we’ve discovered that we share a common passion as involved moms and dads striving to bring up our children to have solid values, to dream big, to take action, to be contribution-focused and to be the best people they can be.
Over the years, we’ve often shared links to news stories, videos, quotes and other online content we found inspirational, and we would sometimes share them with our children. The stories would range from incredible kids inspiring other kids to amazing animals demonstrating admirable qualities to the invention of inspirational social causes. We found that these stories would spur amazing conversations and actions with our kids.
At the same time, while there is so much goodness in the world, when we look around and speak to those involved in educating children, we can see that many children are growing up in an environment that is absent of authentic role models but increasingly flush with negative media that promotes loudness and flash over goodness and societal impact. A habitat where engagement in values development is low or absent and an emphasis on looking good (e.g. social media and peer pressure) is prioritized over being good and doing good.
The results of this unhealthy cultural stew can range from:
- Absence of compassion, kindness and respect
- Sense of entitlement
- Lack of self confidence
- Lack of passion and motivation to excel
- Apathy towards learning
- Increased bullying
These undesirable attitudes and behaviors often start early and are revealed and magnified in schools and neighborhoods around the world.
The world’s children and those entrusted to raising them desperately need a place to quickly and easily find deep-thought-provoking, age-appropriate content to help them develop the right mindset and have confidence to take positive action. When we couldn’t find one, we decided to make one.
We hope you’ll find our site useful for you and the children in your life as an ongoing source of dialogue, learning and growth—and better yet, positive action.
We really want to hear about your experience with this site, and the IMK community as a whole, so please give us feedback anytime.
Mike Stutman (Dad and Co-Founder)
Kevin Conklin (Dad and Co-Founder)