“Let your kids observe you doing random acts of kindness, it can be contagious.” – Kevin Heath
November 13 is World Kindness Day.
It one day a year when we can all stop and think about how important it is to be kind to one another.
Here are three ways you can help your grandchildren participate in this important event –
Look out for others in need
Paying attention to what others are doing and feeling is an important step in discovering how we can be kind to them.
Encourage your grandchildren to ‘see’ what is going on in front of them.
Is there someone struggling with heavy shopping bags?
Is the dog’s water bowl empty?
Does mom or dad look busy and can we help?
See a problem and act
Teach your grandchildren to act if they see something that needs to be fixed.
Encourage them to just act – don’t over think a problem or ask permission – just act.
One of the kindness acts I saw was at a school camp.
All the children except one were running out to participate in an adventure trail. The one child left behind was in a wheelchair and couldn’t join in.
One little girl stopped at the door and looked back.
She then quietly got the little girl a glass of water and touched her arm gently. It was her way of recognising the pain the other girl was feeling.
Reward is in the act itself
It’s important for children to learn that the act of kindness and the way it makes them feel is all the reward they need.
For more on teaching kids kindness see – What if Schools Taught Kindness?