The week of February 12th to 18th is Random Acts of Kindness Week! When we’re raising our children, we always know one thing for certain. We want them to grow up to be kind, giving individuals who don’t need to think twice about going out of their way to help someone, give to someone in need, or brighten up a day with a smile. Random acts of kindness don’t have to take hours. They can be as simple as helping someone carry their heavy groceries. Of course, if you prefer to donate time, there are a lot of charitable activities you and your whole family can do together.
Simple Acts of Kindness
Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are the ones that are always remembered! For example, if you’re going for a walk and see an elderly person struggling to carry their groceries, take your child over to help. If you are walking in a park and there is a lot of litter on the ground, give your child some rubber gloves. Together you can clean the park and make it a beautiful place again.
In-Depth Acts of Kindness
You can help teach your children responsibility and the importance of charity. Pick a day during the week and volunteer with your child. Schedule a date to volunteer at a food bank or community kitchen to help feed those who are in need. Another wonderful idea is to schedule time to work at the community library, shelving and cataloging books, or leading the story time for younger children. If you can’t find anywhere in your community to volunteer, consider doing something like hosting a bake sale and donating the profits.
Donating is a great help for those in need. Donate items such as old or unwanted clothing to thrift shops, books to libraries, or food to food banks. This will show your child that helping others is one of the most rewarding experiences they can have. If you have plenty of extra time on your hands, you may want to choose to donate time instead. Lead a community clean-up at your park, or gather together and have a carnival for young children and families.
Be Kind to Others
Help your child do something nice for someone else. Whether it be bringing cookies to the police station or making a thank you card for the school cafeteria workers to let them know how appreciated they are. You can’t go wrong with being polite to others. Make sure your children see you engaging in random acts of kindness as well. You could pay for the coffee of the person behind you at your favorite coffee place, or shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk during a snowstorm.
Being kind to others is important for both young children and adults. the amount of kind acts that children engage in while younger can set the stage for being a good, caring adult. It’s never too early to show them that being nice is the way to go. For more great ways that you can be kind to others, check out this random acts of kindness list that is filled with many ideas!
By Kelly Gunderman
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