Dolly Parton, said it best when she wrote the lyrics…” Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand…Put a little love in your heart….And the world will be a better place”. Today is bookended by Valentine’s Day and National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so I thought it would be the perfect time to think up a few things kids can do to show a little love and be kind to their friends, family, neighbors and others they haven’t met.
25 Fun Ways 4 Kids to Show Love & Kindness to Others:
- Record a video love-note or other greeting and text it to grandparents.
- Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
- Distribute care kits to the homeless.
- Offer to take your neighbor’s dog for a walk.
- Help restock your teacher’s supply of tissues, hand-sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc.
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway, pull weeds or mow their yard.
- Set up a “FREE” donut stand.
- Volunteer to be a tutor or mentor at school or at a local organization.
- Write in a Kindness Journal every day.
- Offer to babysit for free.
- Handout bookmarks with inspirational sayings on them at a local library.
- Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their kids are.
- Write your mom, dad, sibling, etc. a list of things you love about them.
- Be extra kind to your bus driver. Say hello when you get on the bus and say thank you when you get off the bus.
- Give socks, underwear and PJs to a local homeless shelter.
- Teens (and parents;) can donate blood at a local blood drive.
- Purchase extra dog or cat food to donate to a local animal shelter.
- Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day.
- Sign up to deliver Meals on Wheels.
- Write a thank you note to your teacher, your coach, a firefighter, your mentor or someone who has influenced you in a positive way.
- Make and leave “Kindness Rocks” at a local playground for others to find.
- Donate feminine hygiene products to a local women’s shelter.
- Color placemats and deliver them to a local nursing home to use during meal times.
- Contact a local agency for foster kids and make care packages for their children.
- When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!
How does your family spread a little love and kindness into the world?