If you are a mom, then I’m sure you’ve thought about your children growing up to be kind, compassionate, caring individuals. With the holiday season drawing near, it’s hard to teach your kids about giving when images of Santa and presents are in every window of every store. But, I know that Teaching Kids Acts of Kindness is so important. When I saw that The Grinch movie was coming to theatres right around the holiday season, I knew this was the perfect time to share about the importance of doing acts of kindness for others! Here are a few easy ways you can teach kids random acts of kindness.
Acts of Kindness
Teaching Kids to do Acts of Kindness
Don’t Tell Your Kids about Kindness, Show Them What Kindness Is.
It’s hard to convince kids that they should do something just by telling them to do it. Teaching your kids to do acts of kindness and the importance of kindness isn’t a lesson that you can merely tell them about. They need to see it in action! Instead of telling them about kindness, look for ways that you can show them and show them examples of how to do acts of kindness.
The Grinch is a classic story of how hate and greed consumed the Grinch, and how he transformed into a person of kindness. By allowing your children to see other people do acts of kindness in movies or shows, you are sharing good examples.
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Do Acts of Kindness with Your Kids
Kids will always follow by our example! If you want them to do kind acts, you need to do it with them in the beginning. Volunteer with your child, and teach them the different ways that you show kindness to others. In the beginning, your child might not have any ideas on how to spread kindness, so by watching you do it and talking about it, they can come up with their own ideas.
Make Kindness Fun
Teaching kindness is a life lesson, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Create an activity or even an advent calendar with a different act of kindness each day! By making it into a fun activity, your kids will want to jump on this “fun adventure” and may even forget their learning something in the process.
Start with Acts of Kindness that your child enjoys
Sometimes doing something for someone else doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing to a child. Your child might not want to use their free time to shop for a family in need or buy something they wanted for themselves. But after seeing and doing a few acts of kindness children usually, love it.
The acts of kindness we may choose might be based on experience and what brings us the most joy from doing. Allow your child the opportunity to do the same! If they love cooking with you, get in the kitchen with your child and have them cook a meal for a neighbor.
Teaching your kids about being kind doesn’t have to be hard. Show kindness to others with random acts of kindness and share kindness books and movies to make it easy for them to see kindness in action. The Grinch is one of the best movies to share with them this holiday season.
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