I wasn’t going to share this, it’s just something that I had drafted with the kids at home for the school holidays. But the events in Sydney of the past couple of days have made me feel, even more, the importance of teaching the act of kindness to our children, particularly to strangers.
For the past few years we have created a ‘fun list’ for almost every school holiday, filled with things like ‘go swimming at the beach’, ‘go bowling’ and ‘visit the museum’. But this year I added a list of random acts of kindness that are age appropriate for my 4 and 7 year old. Things that I hope will help them to see the happiness and difference that they can make through their actions.
Here’s what is on our list:
* Write messages on the sidewalk for passers by (happy ones of course)
* Pick up rubbish in a public place
* Give someone a compliment
* Make cards and put them in friends’ letterboxes
* Choose toys to donate to charity
* Bake cookies for the neighbours
* Give outgrown clothing to a smaller friend
* Put flowers and a note on a strangers’ windscreen
* Donate pet food to the animal shelter
I’ll probably keep adding to this list over the next 7 weeks before they return to school, and will try to share a few photos on our Instagram account as we go. If you’re doing anything like this with your own kids (or without kids – it works for adults too!) or if you have any ideas for things we can add, please let us know! And we’d love to see any of your photos too – just hashtag #kindnesskids and tag @confettimag on Instagram.