Random Acts of Kindness – Encourage Your Children To Be Kind
Date: 17 Feb 2016
This February 17th celebrates National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a whole day that’s dedicated to being kind and we definitely think that’s something to be celebrated, don’t you?
Even from a young age, it’s good to teach children how important it is to be kind. Learning to be kind enables them to improve their social skills as well as their communication skills, but it also helps them to develop their ability to sympathise and empathise with other people. All of this can help them in their development in nursery and school and with their personality and character.
Kindness doesn’t have to be big and extravagant; the smallest gesture can make someone’s day so much better. To help you out, we’ve come up with some ideas on how you and your children can get involved in Random Acts of Kindness, they’re all cheap and fun to do too – but they could make a big difference!
Be complimentaryThis is something we could all do a little more, and the more that children see their parents do it the more likely they are to pick the habit up. Small compliments such as: ‘I like your shoes’ or ‘You make me laugh’ can improve someone’s mood instantly and can contribute to their confidence.
Donate unwanted items to charity
Have a good clear out of any unwanted stuff in the house and take some time to donate it to charity shops – it’s good to teach children that what they no longer need or want someone else will be grateful for.
Make something for someone
Ask your child who has done something nice for them recently and what it was they did. Then help them create something for that person. It could be anything that they’d like, a card, picture or a poem. Whether it’s for a friend, a teacher or a family member – something handmade will mean so much and show that person that they are appreciated and cared for.
Help mum and dad do some tidying
Okay, so this is more so for the children but it’s something so simple but that’s still kind. Instead of telling them what you want them to do, ask them what they would like to do to help you. They might say something like tidy their toys, or help you make lunch – these are all kind ideas so remember to praise them and show your appreciation.
National Random Acts of Kindness Day is on February 17th, but it’s something you can celebrate all year round too. Small acts like this will teach your children how easy it is to be kind and how good it can make others feel – something they will be able to take through life with them.
What random acts of kindness do you do? Let us know on our social media pages!