The holidays are coming up quickly! Are you starting to get prepared?
Regardless of what you believe or how you celebrate, there is one common theme that many families are trying to embrace: ACTS of KINDNESS.
Most parents want their children to grow up to become kind, considerate and caring individuals. How can we help them reach that end result? There are a few things that we can do including being a positive role model, educating them and providing them with opportunities to practice being kind to others.
In many homes, gifts will be received in the months ahead for various celebrations. It is always fun to receive a gift, but many people feel even better when they GIVE a gift. Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes. Not all gifts have to have a monetary value. In fact, many gifts that have true meaning and thought and have no monetary value at all are the best to receive as they come directly from the heart.
Here are some ideas for how you can help your children give gifts from the heart, filled with kindness during the upcoming months:
- Collect or purchase items to give to a family in need. – Find a local toy drive initiative or a shelter that is collecting gifts and go shopping for items to donate to people who could use some gifts this holiday season.
- Donate food or time to a local food bank. – Many families go without special treats and meals during the holiday season. Consider taking your children grocery shopping with a budget in mind, a grocery list and let them shop for food to donate to a local food bank.
- Bake treats for a neighbour and leave them on their doorstep. – Random acts of kindness like this are SO much give AND to receive! Bake your favourite holiday treat and surprise a neighbour.
- Collect toys or books from your home to donate to a friend or a local toy drive. – It always feels good to share the items that you have loved and no longer need with people who truly could use them.
- Make up a Holiday Scavenger Hunt and share the findings with friends. – Create a simple Scavenger hunt using holiday treats like candy canes (or even positive thoughts and quotes) and then talk about how good it feels to share with others. Make a list of people who you could give the treats to when they are done finding them.
Many of you have heard of “The Elf on the Shelf” that has become rather popular over the last couple of years. This year, perhaps you might consider having a Kindness Character. This character can be anything that you choose (a favourite stuffed animal or even a Lego minifig) that you hide in various places around your house. This Kindness Character will be holding one of the Share Kindness cards from the printable below. The idea is to come up with as many ways to spread kindness this holiday season as you can! Are you on board?
Feel free to print off this FREE Printable so that you and your children can practice various ways to share kindness this upcoming Holiday Season. There are three blank cards for you to add your own ideas too.
You can come up with your own acts of kindness, or you could share a thoughtful quote or saying like: “I love your smile”.
Amanda Gobatto is a wife, mom, baker, photographer, crafter, singer, blogger
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