Parents teach their kids about love by example. Kindness, generosity and love are a way of life in many families. Random Acts of Kindness Week, celebrated February 14-20 this year, is a good time to reach out with love and ramp up your family’s kindness game.
When you do something kind and expect nothing in return, that’s a random act of kindness. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation offers many suggestions for reaching out to others during Random Acts of Kindness Week. These tips will help you teach your kids to help others as they practice random acts of kindness.
Pay for the person behind you in line. Whether you’re in a fast food drive-thru or at the movies, pay it forward by giving the clerk extra money for the next person in line.
Shovel a neighbor’s driveway or sidewalk after a snowfall. This is a great family service opportunity — remind your kids that no payment is taken when practicing random acts of kindness.
Donate toys and clothing to a homeless shelter or a home for victims of domestic violence instead of holding a yard sale. Let the kids help choose which toys they’ll donate.
Hold the door for a person whose hands are full or a parent who is holding the hands of their young children. Even your toddler can help with this random act of kindness. Kids are never too young to learn how to help others.
Forgive someone who has done something to hurt you, even if they don’t deserve your forgiveness. Talk with your kids about why forgiveness is important and how to forgive another person.
Be a friend to someone who is alone. At work, talk to a coworker you don’t know well. At school, this might mean sitting with someone who isn’t part of the in crowd and usually sits alone.
Thank someone for a kindness shown to us or for a gift given to us. We show love when we encourage someone who is struggling.
Sign up to raise money for those in need. A good way to do this is to register for a running or walking event like Relay for Life.
Give of yourself to those in need and don’t expect to be given anything in return. We show love when we are grateful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have.
Volunteer as a family at a food bank, soup kitchen, or by delivering food for Meals on Wheels. Check with your local food bank or Meals on Wheels about how you can help.
Kindness is a gift you give others that returns back to you. As you teach your little ones about helping others, you’ll soon see them take action on their own to help friends and strangers. How wonderful is that!