Do you ever think about teaching kindness? It sounds very simple but sometimes I think we expect our children to be naturally kind but in fact like any other personality trait, only a few have kindness as a natural part of their personality. Children seem to be more likely not to be kind.
In this time of school shootings and other violence maybe we need to take the teaching of kindness more seriously! And as most parents know, the best lessons are taught by example. You can model kindness. You can be kind to your children. And together you can do Random Acts of Kindness.
Did you know next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week? It lasts from February 11th through February 17th. What a perfect week to coincide with Valentine’s Day next week, to teach kindness and love for people we don’t even know.
Start with this short video of Random Acts Of Kindness Caught On Security Cameras.
I love this video. It got me thinking that teaching children to love anonymously is a great gift to give them. Here are some ideas for teaching your children Random Acts of Kindness. The first 13 ideas can be done by your children themselves. The next ideas, 14-30, need you as the parent (or aunt, uncle, friend) to help out.
30 Random Acts Of Kindness To Do With Your Children!
1. Smile at five strangers
2. Hold the door open for someone
3. Help a neighbor with light yard work
4. Let someone go in front of you in line
5. Return a shopping cart
6. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
7. Wash a car
8. Say good morning to people
9. Complain less
10. Make someone laugh
11. Share a toy
12. Be a positive person
13. Compliment a friend
Child with parents:
14. Bring canned food to a food bank
15. Hand out popsicles at a park
16. Carry around lollypops for crying kids at stores
17. Put something nice in the mailbox for the mail man
18. Say thank you to the bus driver
19. Pay for the person behind you in a drive through or at the toll booth.
20. Tape quarters to the gumball machine
21. Leave flowers or candy at someone’s door, ring the doorbell and run away! (We do this at Christmas for a special family each year for 12 days…but that’s another post!)
22. Sponsor a family at Christmas
23. Donate to the local food bank
24. Make cookies for your teacher
25. Hand out a $2 bill when you catch someone doing something nice. (We do this because someone did it for us)
26. Put a gift card on someone’s windshield
27. Bring a neighbor dinner
28. Shovel a neighbor’s walk without telling them
29. Send a real letter to someone
30. Leave kind notes on other people’s windshield
My kids and I have done a few of these ideas. We plan to do them all in the next 12 months. Please, write more ideas in the comments below!
You and your children can change the world, one person at a time!
I also had to include this quote from Rachel Scott, the first victim at Colubine High School (just miles from our house). She had a vision, that her parents and brother have taken as their own (http://www.rachelschallenge.org), that we can start a chain reaction of kindness! Be part of that chain!
One quote of inspiration from Mother Teresa:
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
~ Mother Teresa
And one more…
“Fill each day with life and heart. There is no pleasure in the world comparable to the delight and satisfaction that a good person takes in doing good.”
~ John Tilloston (1630-1694); Archbishop Of Canterbury
Here’s to being kind! I’d love to hear your ideas of Random Acts of Kindness! Please comment below…
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