Teaching kindness to kids can have an important impact on their worlds, changing their relationships and characters for the better.
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day this year. When you stop and look at your children, do they display kindness to others? Because Random Acts of Kindness Day is fast approaching, now is a great time to sit down and help teach your child about kindness. Teaching kindness and compassion to others is a valuable life lesson.
The Importance of Teaching Kindness To Kids
You might be thinking, how can a child perform an act of kindness for a stranger? For kids, it is a little different than paying for the meal of the car behind you at a fast food drive-thru or cooking dinner and delivering it to a person who is recovering from surgery. You can teach your child in a variety of ways to showcase love on a daily basis. Maybe it is helping a kid who has fallen at the playground up, sharing toys, or learning to sit patiently as they take turns. To me, thinking of others is a form of kindness that makes the world better.
Our world may seem corrupt, full of hate and sadness. Seeing such high levels of negativity can be overwhelming for children. Teach your child to be the light in the darkness of the world. A simple smile to a random stranger could brighten their day. We will never know the real impact of our acts of kindness towards others. One great way to teach your child about kindness is to be a role model daily. Go out of your way to help others, be kind, and of course work towards sharing your love with the world.
Visualize The Ripple Effect Of Kindness
Here is an easy visual way to show how kindness can change the world. Grab a bowl of water and a dropper. Put some water in the dropper and let your kids add one more drop of water to the bowl of water. They will see the water droplet hit that bowl of water, and then the ripples that come after. Those ripples represent kindness, and the droplet of water showcases one random act of kindness can spread and have ripple effects. By being kind to someone, they could turn around and pay it forward, and so on. One good deed could really go a long way.
Demonstrating Kindness Daily: Ways to Show Compassion
- Donate old toys or clothing they no longer use to someone in need.
- Hold the door open for the person behind them.
- Take turns with others, and learn to share toys.
- Write a note or color a picture for a loved one and mail it to them.
- Call up a family member that lives far away just to say hello.
- Help do yard work for a neighbor that might be elderly or otherwise unable to perform strenuous tasks.
- Volunteer as a family to help someone or an organization in need.
- Help around the house by doing chores or picking up after themselves.
- Greeting a new student at school and offering to help them.
- Being kind to friends they come across.
- Letting someone else at the playground or school go first in line.
- Write a thank you note to a school bus driver, nurse, teacher, etc.
- Let kids help bake cookies for the fire department and go delivery them.
- On a hot day set up a little stand outside and hand out bottles of water.
- Put money in a charity donation bucket.
Changing the World With Kindness
As you can see, these simple gestures are something your child can do and have a significant impact on someone’s life. A child that may not have any toys could be blessed by the ones your child chooses to donate. Jump in and help your child with the more significant acts of kindness options. If they are a bit young, head out to your elderly neighbor’s house and let them pick up sticks while you rake the leaves. This is allowing your child be hands-on in helping with tasks that fit their age, and they can see that you are willing to give back and help as well.
Finally, no matter how old or young they are, you can talk to them about Random Acts of Kindness Day and let them learn to help others. They might be amazed at how good it makes them feel after being kind to others and seeing the smiles it puts on someones face. There are hundreds of ways to showcase an act of kindness, and your child might even think up a few items all on their own.
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