Introduce your kids to random acts of kindness. You can do this by first demonstrating how it feels when someone performs a random act of kindness for you. For example you can give them a small gift or written note about how much you appreciate them.
Ask them how it feels when someone does something nice for them. Direct the conversation to what you, as a group, can do to make others feel good.
The kids will likely come up with an extreme list, like “Buy everyone an Ipad” or “Cook dinner for the school” etc. While great ideas, we do not always have the budget to handle that level of kindness.
Narrow down the list to a few manageable tasks and run with it!
Remind kids that a random act of kindness does not need to be a big gesture. Some of the simplest things are appreciated the most. Some of the items we narrowed it down to:
Open the door for someone
Tell mom thank you for making dinner
Help wash the dishes
Thank dad for coaching football
Let my sister play with me
Help the custodians
Thank my teacher
Walk around giving candy to everyone
Hang a small basket of candy on my teacher's door after school
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