Create Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

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by Caitlyn Stace

Teaching Your Kids How to be Kind

Random Acts of Kindness DayChances are if you have kids older than one year old, you have said, "be nice" many times to your child. But what do they hear when you say that? What does "be nice" mean?

Kids need specific directions. When we say "clean your room" to a preschooler, that isn't enough. To be effective, they need to be told, "put the blocks in the bin, put your clothes in the hamper," and so forth.

Children learn a lot by example and and how to be kind is no exception. They are watching you, so first and foremost, you should be kind.

They should "catch" you opening doors for people, helping people carry items for them, reaching up to grab an item for someone at the grocery store, speaking kindly, and performing other random acts of kindness.

Nothing says it better, we think, than this well known poem:

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
by Anonymous

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I knew that I was loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked....
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

Here are some ways your child can show kindness to others:

1. Let a sibling go first when playing a game.

2. Help around the house without being asked.

3. Pick up another student's jacket, book, etc. that has fallen on the floor.

4. Ask a student to play with someone he or she has never played with before.

5. Invite a lonely student to sit at the lunch table.

6. Be friendly with a special needs student and include them in the play activity.

7. Share a snack.

8. Call your grandparents just to say, "Hi," and that you love them.

9. Smile at a neighbor.

10. Donate toys that are no longer played with to a children's charity.

We all want successful, happy kids. Who among us hasn't dreamed about how far our kids' potential will take them?

Yet of all the traits we should be shooting for -- intelligence, good looks, talent -- when the day comes that they are grown (it comes too fast, of course), and we can see that they are kind, simply kind, have we not succeeded as parents?

Who needs a pro football player, doctor or political leader without kindness in their heart?

What acts of kindness are important to you and your family?

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