How do we teach kindness?
"The best way to teach kindness to children is by modeling and showing the joy of helping others."
As I grow older, I can say that it is far better to give than to receive. I know this from the personal happiness I experience from doing for others, but it is also backed by science and the American Psychological Association. "Our findings suggest that the psychological reward experienced from helping others may be deeply ingrained in human nature, emerging in diverse cultural and economic contexts," said lead author Lara Aknin, of Simon Fraser University in Canada, in a news release.
Kindness is love made visible, and the best way to teach kindness to little ones is by modeling and showing the joy of helping others. I love February's celebration and acknowledgment of love. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, and I wanted to share some doable, fun ideas to do with your children to show love and kindness to others.
Showing kindness to others
1. Send a postcard together
2. Find a special way to thank your child's teacher
3. Be inclusive—invite another parent/child for a playdate
4. Complement someone
5. Give a hug to a loved one
6. Deliver flowers to someone special
7. Bake cookies for a grandparent
Teaching kindness to the earth
1. Hang clothes to dry
2. Use a reusable bag
3. Pick up a piece of garbage on the street
4. Use a travel mug or bottle
Sometimes it takes courage to be kind and wear your heart on your sleeve, but there is no better time than February and this week!
To celebrate February and Random Acts of Kindness week and show my appreciation to you, Snickerdoos is offering 20% off with the code: Kindness