Every parent wants their children to have the best things in life, to succeed and surpass them. In that sense, parents give their kids education and put them to school, to serve that purpose. Other than school, parents also engage their kids in extracurricular activities, such as music and sports to make sure that they have the skill-set they would need in their future.
With a goal for their kids could have broader and better opportunities to be successful, to have a good life for themselves as well as the whole family… Education, in general, became every parent’s main focus.
Don’t take this the wrong way, education is great! More than just being important, education is a right. However, other than preparing kids to have a good education, it’s rather more important for parents to teach their offspring to be good, kind people. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have children who have a good heart, right?
Teaching children to do good has to start as early as possible in their childhood years. By introducing good doings in their early years, and encouraging them to do small acts of kindness on a regular basis, it would make an impact on their rationale to be good people. So, here are a few ideas that parents can encourage their kids to do as an act of kindness.
30 Acts of Kindness for Kids
- Hold the door open for someone
- Return someone’s cart at the store
- Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood
- Pick up litter
- Let someone go ahead of you in line
- Compliment a friend
- Tell someone why they are special to you
- Donate outgrown clothes
- Talk to someone new at school
- Donate food to the food pantry
- Bring flowers to your teacher
- Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter
- Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello
- Read a book to someone
- Tell someone how much you love them
- Say hello to everyone you see
- Tell the principal how great your teacher is
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
- Say thank you when you see service members
- Make a get well card for someone
- Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away
- Share a special toy with a friend
- Teach someone something new
- Reuse paper when you are drawing
- Collect money or items for your favourite charity
- Donate colouring books and crayons to the children’s hospital
- Help someone unload groceries at the store
- Make a homemade gift for someone
- Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter
- Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
So, parents… we can incorporate these acts of kindness to our kids on a daily basis. And, show them appreciation or some kind of reward for doing good behaviours for others. That way, it would be planted in our children’s minds that doing good for other people, brings good things to them as well.
“Be kind to one another”
— Ellen Degeneres