Raising children truly takes a village and sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in teaching them table manners or how to be respectful that we forget to teach them to be kind. Even though being kind may not be a requirement to get into college or beef up their resume, being kind is a valuable trait that everyone should aspire to be. In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to teach our kiddos to show random acts of kindness.
Do Chores for Someone
First things first, random acts of kindness are a great way to help out someone who desperately needs help. It can be helping an elderly neighbor out or even doing chores for a sibling. It’s as simple as reaching out to help someone who may need a hand!
Write Thank-You Notes
How often have your kiddos thought about writing a thank-you note to someone? Writing a thank-you note is a great way to show your gratitude and make someone else feel special. This can be someone your family appreciates, someone who recently has made a difference in your lives or someone they look up to.
Instead of just doing something because we think we will get something out of it, teach your kiddos it’s important to go out of their way to make someone else feel special. Give a stranger a compliment, or commend someone you know on something they think they’re doing a great job with. A simple compliment can go so far!
This is truly a great way to get your kiddos involved in doing something nice for someone else! They can donate some of their clothes, toys, or even school supplies. The more directly involved they can be, the better!
Do Something Nice
Tell your kiddos to do something nice for someone else. Whether you gift some flowers to your favorite neighbor, pick up some litter off the street or visit someone who could use some company, doing something nice for someone else is a great way to spread a random act of kindness.
How do you teach your family about the importance of random acts of kindness? Let us know in the comments below!