Sometimes it feels like we could all be a little kinder. Parents are one of the biggest influences on children and can play a significant role in how they treat others. Our children watch what we do, and follow in our footsteps. They depend on us to show them how to be caring and help others, and no matter how old your child is, now is the perfect time to start teaching them how to be kind.
Doing acts of kindness will not only show our kids how to be kind to others but also how to help others. By doing these small and simple acts of kindness with your kids, you will not only teach them about compassion but also how easy it is to be kind to others.
Today, I challenge you to try the 30-Day Acts of Kindness Challenge with your kids. Choose 30 acts of kindness, one for each day, to do with your kids!
30-Day Acts of Kindness Challenge
Doing random acts of kindness is so easy and fun! Try the 30-Day Acts of Kindness Challenge with your kids (you can get the free printable from the bottom of the post below). There are more than 50 ideas listed on the challenge sheet. For the next 30 days, choose 1 of the items to do with your kids each day. When an act of kindness is completed, put a check-mark next to that item.
Here are some acts of kindness to included on the challenge list:
- Compliment someone
- Leave a treat for the mailman
- Buy a gift card for the person behind you in line
- Make baked goods for the neighbors
- Buy the person behind you coffee
- Smile at someone
- Donate unused toys to those in need
- Leave a 50% or more tip
- Babysit a neighbor, friend or family member
- Send a thank-you card to someone
- Give a dog treat to a dog on a walk
- Pay for a stranger’s meal
- Plant a flower or tree and watch it grow
- Say thank you and please more
- Open the door for someone
- Offer to do yard work for a neighbor
- Send a care package to a soldier
- Pick up trash
- Send a handwritten letter
- Leave change in a vending machine
- Let someone go before you in line
- Pay someone a compliment
- Buy groceries for a family in need
- Make breakfast for a family member
- Donate to charity
- Give a teacher a thank-you gift
- Help someone elderly carry out their groceries
- Leave a bag of candy on a doorstep
- Prepare a meal for your family
- Donate outgrown clothes
- Help someone in need cross the street
- Plan a surprise party for someone
- Volunteer at a retirement home
- Host a free lemonade stand
- Hold the elevator
- Do another family member’s chores
- Pay for someone’s bus/cab/Uber fare
- Make hot chocolate for your family
- Leave an encouraging note on a car
- Pay the adoption fee for a rescue animal
- Donate your hair to a good cause
- Hide money in a book for people to find
- Be kind to others
- Create inspiring chalk art at the park
- Sponsor a child
- Donate books to the library
- Walk a neighbor’s dog
- Return someone’s cart for them at the store
- Tape change to a parking meter
Random acts of kindness are not just a way to give back to those who need something a little extra during a hard time, but also a way to spread our wealth and joy to other people. Our children need to learn the power being kind to one another can bring, and how it has an impact on everyone. One simple act of kindness can make someone else’s entire day better, and can even help change someone’s life.
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