Feb 12- 18th is Random Acts of Kindness Week. The world could use a little more kindness especially now. So, now is the perfect time to spread some cheer to neighbors, friends and strangers.
I try to look for teachable moments when I am with Emma. It takes nothing to be kind from letting someone cut in front of you in line who doesn’t have many groceries or to holding the door for someone. I know Emma is watching me, so I try to practice what I preach as often as I can.
Here’s some ideas from a past post to try and do with your little one(s) that I edited to fit in with the time of year!
- Spread some Valentine’s cheer by making Valentine’s for those in nursing homes, for soldiers or anyone that can use a pick me up
- Have your child sort through toys, clothes and books with you that they have outgrown/lost interest in and donate those items to a local charity
- Head to the supermarket to help stock the shelves at a food pantry
- Pay for an almost expired meter or tape change to a vending machine
- Say hello to strangers today
- Create a helping jar- use a piggy bank or any container you can collect change in to save to buy small toileteries for a homeless shelter or dog or cat food for a animal shelter
- Leave a homemade bookmark in a library book for the next reader to find
- Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line
- Bake treats for local firefighters, police or other community service workers
- Feed the ducks or birds, fill a birdhouse with seed or save some bread and give it to some feathered friends
- Call an old friend or someone you haven’t talked to in awhile and see how they are
- Do something nice for a neighbor- shovel their walkway, offer to walk their dog, bring them some hot cocoa packets or popcorn to enjoy while watching their favorite movie
- Pick out some kid magazines and bring them to the waiting area of a doctor’s or dentist office
- Have your kiddo(s) be a helper around the house for the day by helping cook dinner, cleaning up toys etc
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive through line (Emma loves doing this)
- Bring your teacher some packages of tissue because they will always run out during the winter, or ask them if there are any supplies they are low on
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone!”