Christmas has come and gone and love is in the air! Another holiday is just around the corner! That’s right, Random Acts of Kindness Week! (Okay, so Valentine’s Day is coming, too.) Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 11-17 and it’s another great opportunity to show love to family, friends, or even strangers. While these ideas could work anytime, try choosing a couple to do this February with your kids.
Looking for Ways to Be Kind
Sometimes the best opportunities are ones we don’t plan ahead for. If you leave your house, you’ll probably have a chance to help someone carry their bags, pick up trash that wasn’t yours, or simply smile and say hello. We want to our kids to show kindness year-round, and Random Acts of Kindness Week is a perfect time to set a good example and add some joy to someone else’s day.
Here are some Ideas:
- Bake cookies for the mailman. My one-year-old likes watching the mailman come and ours is always so friendly. This could be an easy way to show him some appreciation.
- Drop a treat off at a neighbor’s house. New or old, let your neighbors know that you care.
- Send snail mail. Texts and email are fine, but there’s nothing like getting something fun in the mail. Work with your child to make a card or pack a care package for someone you know.
- Pay for someone else’s coffee or meal. Younger children might not understand this one, but older kids can definitely get in on the fun of paying for the person behind you in the drive-through or picking up the check for another table at a restaurant.
- Deliver coffee. Drop by for a quick visit to a friend or family member with their favorite drink in hand.
- Give that thing you wanted to sell away. If you have something nice that you might otherwise sell, give it away for free instead.
- Leave a big tip. Mom might have to pay the bill, but older children can contribute by writing a quick note of gratitude on the receipt to accompany an extra-generous tip.
- Babysit for free. Help another mama out by taking on an extra kid for a while.
- Hold the door. Anytime you get the chance, open the door for someone else and let them go first.
- Give someone a compliment. Tell someone face-to-face, send a message, or leave a sweet note on a post-it in a dressing room.
- Do someone else’s chores. Being kind isn’t always giving gifts and treats. Doing the dirty work is a meaningful way to show love, too. Put on some good music and invite your child to help you knock a task off of your spouse’s (or another child’s) to do list.
If none of these ideas spark your imagination, just keep your eyes open. There are literally a thousand ways to show kindness to your friends, family, and world. Want more ideas? Check out the Random Acts of Kindness website here.