Do you remember the last time someone was kind to you? How did it make you feel?
Kindness is powerful. One small act can change the entire course of your day, your week, or your whole life (or someone else’s). Kindness connects us with those around us, and sharing kindness is a practical and meaningful way to make a real difference in your community.
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” - Henry James
During this holiday season, there are countless opportunities to get into the spirit of giving with your kids and let a little more light in.
Modeling Kindness To Children
The first step in teaching kids about kindness is to model kindness and include kids in your process. This is a simple and effective way to help children understand the value and joy of giving and to take that forward in their lives as they become kind, compassionate, and generous adults. Here are a few tips to develop your kids’ understanding of kindness:
- Ask your children what kindness means to them. Make time for them to think about this and share it with you by drawing a picture or writing it down. You can make it a fun game by using the Time Timer PLUS 5 Minute.
- Observe your kids and let them know how happy it makes you to see them being kind, for example when they share toys, are gentle with a sibling or pet, or say a heartfelt thank you when someone helps them.
- Ask your child what was one kind act someone did for them recently, and how did that affect their day? Helping kids to understand the ripple effect acts of kindness can make helps them to understand the impact they can have on others.
Below are 10 ways to light the world with kindness this season, and beyond.