It is almost Advent Calendar time!!! If you are like me, you loved the countdown to Christmas and REALLY loved opening each day on the advent calendar with much anticipation to see what was inside. Ok ok….I know, some sort of sweet treat it usually the way to go for the kiddos for these exciting days. But let’s face it, this holiday season is already filled with so much sugar! I mean, I know you and your littles are going to be baking some of the insane amounts of cookies I will be blogging about this December! That means they need to eat some of the chocolate chips, taste the dough, lick the spatulas, and taste the cookies when they are warm and again when they are cooled off, then again with milk. Whoa, tangent. Sorry.
While kindness does still exist in this crazy world, I think this is a perfect time to introduce “random acts of kindness” to your kids if you haven’t already. It is so easy to get swept up with day-to-day life and activities, this is a simple way to slow it down and think about how they can make someone else feel good. Pay it forward.
Simply write down one random act of kindness on a small piece of paper, roll it up and put it in place of the chocolate in your advent calendar. Each morning, have your child open the advent door to an act of kindness for them to achieve that day. It can be anything from “Tell a joke” to “compliment the first 3 people you talk to today”. This can also be a great reminder for adults as well! Maybe you both tackle these acts and discuss what you did and their happy reactions over dinner that night:)
Acts of Kindness Ideas:
- Tell a joke
- Compliment the first 3 people you talk to today
- Do a chore that no one asked you to do
- Help an elderly person cross the street
- Put change in the vending machine
- Hold the door open for someone
- Leave a kind letter in a library book
- Let someone go ahead of you in line
- Set the table for dinner
- Tell someone why they are special to you
- Talk to someone new at school
- Bring flowers to your teacher
- Donate food to the food pantry
- Mow the neighbors lawn
- Shovel the neighbors walk without them asking (and yours too:)
- Tape change to a parking meter
- Call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile to catch up
- Leave heads-up pennies on the sidewalk
- Tell someone how much you love them
- Wave at kids on the school bus
- Invite someone to play on the playground
- Clean your room without being asked
- Say thank you when you see service members
- Help make dinner
- Tell your parents how awesome they are
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