Every day, youngsters can choose to be kind. These thoughts are worth highlighting when it comes to getting children to do random acts of kindness.
“Don’t be a bully. Be polite.” That’s a term your kids are probably used to hearing, whether at school, home, or extracurriculars. Instead of teaching kids that being kind is a duty, we teach them that it is a superpower that can make them and those around them happy.
Indeed, studies demonstrate that being nice increases one’s sense of well-being and pleasure and increases one’s chances of being liked by others.
Consider performing these seven acts of kindness for children as a starting point. Each of these ideas will help your child develop a sense of self-confidence in their ability to make a difference in the world.
1. Make a Kind Observation.
Positive words are emphasized in this concept. Make a point to talk with your child about what kindness means and urge them to write an encouraging message to someone special—a new friend, a fellow student, or a teacher’s aide are all excellent options. The note can be anything from a handcrafted card to a handwritten letter or even a collection of drawings. Let your creativity run wild!
2. Show the Power of Inspiring Others
Ask your youngster to write positive messages on bright sticky notes, such as “You’re terrific,” “You can do this,” or even “You’re a great buddy.” Don’t forget to mention that you’re gathering the letters for someone! You can hide notes with your child’s name about the house for them to find when they’re not around.
3. Together, clean up the trash.
Take your toddler on a litter collection mission the next time you’re out for a walk around the neighborhood. A discussion about how everyone can make our planet a better place follows. In addition to the playground, parking lot, and beach, you can also perform this random act of kindness.
4. Find a Person to Express your Gratitude
There’s no better time to express your gratitude than when you’re feeling happy. Encourage your youngster to thank a teacher, a cashier at a supermarket, or a person who helps them open a door. You may even make a game by finding individuals to thank by playing it with your friends.
5. Add Gratitude to Your Thoughts.
Routine for the night. For a child, a conversation about gratitude can be robust. Ask your child what made them happy each night before they sleep.
6. Play the “I Spy Kindness” game.
Only by opening our eyes and searching for it can we find it. Be on the lookout for random acts of kindness and generosity while out and about with your child, such as strangers lending a hand or giving up their seat on the bus. To encourage your child to spread joy on their own, expose them to as many acts of kindness as possible.
7. Take Action After Observing Something
Kids are more attentive than we realize. Do a straightforward step as a family the next time your child has a concern about homelessness or an issue like immigration that you hear about in the news. Giving gently worn clothing to a family shelter, contributing, or volunteering together are excellent ideas.
Every action, no matter how insignificant, has an impact. (This also applies to you!) Please don’t wait any longer to encourage your youngster to use their compassion abilities!
By doing so, you are training your children to do ransom acts of kindness even though you’re not looking.