We all want our children to learn how to be kind and caring.
We have this rosy image of the thoughtful, caring and considerate adults they will become.
Until they hit their sibling and refuse to give back the toy they just snatched! Sound familiar?
I must confess there were times when I wondered if I would ever be able to raise kind and caring human beings.
Don’t despair! When my boys were still young I learned one easy tip to raise kind kids.
It was actually simpler than I could have dreamed. It is my turn to pass on that tip to you.
How to raise kind kids
Allow your children experience how good it feels to help someone else. After all it is one of the best feelings in the world.
Your secret weapon
It has been my experience that most children really enjoy helping others. Children are naturally compassionate and caring. They want to make a difference. They want to help.
Why not tap into that natural inclination and provide opportunities for them to do that?
Kids that are encouraged to practice kindness are more likely to grow into caring adults. My three have! One of the easiest ways to do this is to invite your children to choose an act of kindness. Then go out and do it together.
20 Spring Acts of Kindness For Families
To help you I have created a short list of Acts of Kindness with a spring theme. I have kept them simple and doable. Why not read the list out to your family and see which ones they would like to do in the coming weeks?
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere I have a similar list for Fall. You can find it here.
- Package up crayons and coloring books and donate them to the local hospital’s emergency room.
- Plant a bee friendly garden.
- Sort toys and donate
- Weed a flowerbed for someone
- Buy a spring themed book for your local library like this one (affiliate link).
- Make a Take What You Need poster (see below) and put it up in your community.
- Clean up the park/trail.
- Drop off a plant at the police or fire department.
- Leave sidewalk chalk messages.
- Leave a bookmark in a library book.
- Pick up roadside litter.
- Make May Day baskets and leave them on neighbor’s doors.
- Leave bottles of bubbles at the playground.
- Take some flowers to someone who can’t get outside very easily.
- Plant a tree.
- Buy seeds to donate to families who want to grow a garden.
- Deliver treats to someone who could use a pick me up.
- Help a senior wash their windows or clean their yard.
- Pass out sunshine to brighten people’s day.
- Make a toad house for your garden.
To help you I created a printable that you can download and print. The printable doesn’t have the helpful links, but it is handy to put on the fridge as a reminder.
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A gentle reminder
Being kind doesn’t always mean grand gestures. It can be something as simple as putting a bookmark in a library book. The goal is for your children to grow up being kind, so we can light up our communities with compassion and caring.
Are you in?
Will you join the conspiracy of kindness this spring?