Random acts of kindness for kids
by Sally and Brian Burgess, Forefront Families LLC
We often hear about, or are involved in, random acts of kindness as adults, but how about random acts of kindness for kids? My husband, Brian, has been teaching elementary children about what it means to be kind and they discuss the concept of kindness.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE KIND?
1. An unselfish mind set. We are all born selfish. Our natural instinct is to satisfy
ourselves before anything or anyone else. We have to realize first and
foremost that the world does not revolve around us.
2. Training to become aware of others' needs. Tunnel vision prevents lateral
awareness. Sometimes we really have to force ourselves to look at other
people and try to evaluate their circumstances. What is their facial expression
or demeanor telling us? Do they look cold or hungry? Do they have friends?
3. Physical action. Now comes the hard part, the time to reach out and touch
them in some way. It can be as simple as a hug or offering some financial
assistance. Using the concept of 'Paying it forward' is a tremendous
blessing to both the giver and the receiver.
WAYS FOR KIDS TO SHOW KINDNESS
1. Write Christmas cards to the elderly or to soldiers.
2. Call your grandparents and thank them for their kindness and tell them
you love them.
3. Do kind deeds for your parents without being asked.
4. Bake cookies and take them to new or sick neighbors.
5. Offer to carry groceries for an elderly person.
6. Befriend a new child in the neighborhood or at school.
7. Say, 'Thank you' to a policeman for protecting the community.
8. Offer to baby sit so a mother can go out for an hour or two to 'unwind'.
9. Be helpful to your teacher(s) and greet them every morning.
10. Think about giving at least one compliment to somebody every day.
11. Back up a person who is being bullied by someone.
12. Set aside a few toys in good condition that you're not using and give them
to a needy child.
13. Ask your parents if they will go with you to pick up trash in the park or on
14. Be sure to invite another child who may not be playing to join in with
15. If someone falls help him up.
16. Hold the door open for someone else, especially an adult.
17. Smile at someone. It causes others to smile.
18. If you finish early, ask your teacher if you could help another student who
is struggling with a subject.
19. Ask your parents if you could help out at a homeless shelter or a food bank.
20. Always be positive and say kind things to everyone around you.
By role modeling kindness we show our children the joy it brings to recipients. Kindness soon becomes contagious.
If you have any examples of showing kindness, please share them with others and also with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to also check out our website at www.forefrontfamilies.org and our blogsite at www.forefrontfamilies.blogspot.com