A little bit of kindness can go a long way, and often it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day. The term a “random act of kindness” – allegedly coined by writer Anne Herbert, author of the children’s book Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, published in 1993 by Volcano Press – refers to a selfless act performed either to help or cheer up someone else.
Kindness and compassion are contagious. To help you teach your child that he or she can contribute to spreading goodwill, here are 30 ideas for “random acts of kindness” that your child could perform on any day.
With the holidays just around the corner, why not get your children involved in making homemade gifts for your family? Not only will you gain the opportunity to spend quality time with each other, but your children will feel a sense of pride in giving something to their loved ones that they helped to create.
This silhouette craft for kids could be a great present from grandchildren to their grandparents.
Asking your child what he or she wants to be when all grown up can be a lot of fun for parents as well as for the child. The imaginations of young children can be astounding. One week your child may want to be a firefighter, and the next week a great chef, and the next week a professional athlete. By giving children the tools to realize their ambitions, we can show them that, with some work and planning, their dreams are attainable.
Here are some ways to help nurture your child’s dreams:
Young children can find it exciting to see mom or dad in the classroom, and teachers are always looking for parent volunteers in schools. Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to show your children how much you value their education and to be involved in what’s going on at school. It can be lots of fun, and there is no shortage of opportunities.
For busy parents, however, it can be challenging to find the time. Consider these simple ways to make volunteering at your child’s school fit into your busy schedule:
Do you remember the excitement of Halloween as a child and going trick-or-treating? Just as exciting (or arguably more exciting) was returning home and checking out the candy you collected. A typical scenario: You dumped your Halloween haul on the dining room table and were surprised to find…an eraser? Although probably well-intentioned, your youthful mind likely thought it was a trick of some sort.
Join us for a stroll down memory lane as we reminisce about our least-favorite Halloween treats that we received as a child: