Eager to do some quick intentional acts of kindness with your children? Many parents find that Saturday morning is the perfect time to plot your activities.
A well-read group called Operation Paperback sends gently used books to military families, veterans, and soldiers serving abroad. You can help!
Not surprisingly, one of the surest ways to instill eco-consciousness in children is to foster a love of nature. You don't have to travel to the Amazon rainforests to do it, either. Find a hiking path (woods or prairie), go for a canoe ride, or have a picnic.
Encourage young bookworms to share their love of books. After reading an especially enjoyable library book, they can write a note of enthusiasm (or just a cheery message) and slip it into the book before returning it. You can write your notes on Post-its or on cut-out paper hearts.
See how much you can check off as you firm up plans for sleepovers and barbeques. Spending part of your summer on kindness will encourage your children to keep caring and compassion in their regular routine, in school and out.
How does your garden grow? If it thrives, pick a row and donate the bounty from that row to a friend or neighbor in need. If you’d like, attach a card saying, “From the garden of ___” or “Fresh to you! Enjoy!”
Summer means lemonade stands on the neighborhood street corner. But this year, give this summertime tradition a twist. By donating your profits, the project can teach your young ones the joy of helping others.
Inspire passersby with chalk. Purchase some sidewalk chalk. Then draw bright, colorful pictures -- or write inspiring quotes. Watch the smiles of people’s faces as they read your uplifting messages.
Invent a hunt for your favorite nature walk, and help your family discover flora and fauna they never imagined. Our scavenger hunt list can get you started.
Celebrate May Day by making a super-easy basket to deliver goodies on May 1st. Use this fun tradition to spread kindness to neighbors and friends.
Speaking up when they feel strongly about an issue can teach your children about being confident, engaged citizens. To make it easy, put contact information for your elected officials in a prominent place, like the refrigerator.
Helping animals is a surefire way to get your child excited about doing good. You can help rescued dogs by creating simple chew toys from leftover fleece strips. We provide the simple instructions for this (and for cat toys made with crew socks). Donate your newly made toys to a friend or neighbor with a dog, or to your local animal rescue group.
Talk to your child:
- How do you think the dog that receives your toy will feel?
- Why is it important to help animals?
Book to share: The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. Ages 3-7. A lonely little girl and a lonely pup find a best friend in each other.
Here’s a new idea for family night: storytelling. Stories encourage imagination, creativity and empathy. (They’re also a great way to share family history.)
Spending time with our elders can help children become comfortable with our aging population and bring cheer to those who are isolated and lonely.
With American soldiers being deployed in numbers not seen since World War II, there are many brave men and women who can use our support. Several organizations make it easy to send a message to serving and veteran soldiers, along with care packages, books, DVDs and other nice-to-haves.
Many parents find that Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to plan your activities. Our list of 24 Kindness ideas ranges from a heartfelt greeting to buying someone a sandwich.
Grab some plain brown lunch bags and decorate them for Meals on Wheels. Meal on Wheels will fill the bags with the food they deliver to the homebound. If your local Meals on Wheels doesn’t use lunch bags, decorate colorful placemats instead.
Bake some yummy treats for your dog -- or your friends’ or neighbors’ pets! Or donate a batch of dog biscuits to your local animal rescue group.
Research shows that being mindful can reduce stress, improve memory, enhance empathy and lessen anxiety and depression. Here’s a fun way to learn this important skill.
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