Showing a little kindness each day can turn every child into a superhero, making home, school, and the community a more caring and happier place to be. From the living room to the classroom, children who are kind have the biggest superpower of all — the ability to change the world.
Small Acts of Kindness that Make a Big Difference
What may seem like a small act of kindness can made all the difference in someone’s day. Here are some simple ways children can show kindness to others:
- Sharing toys
- Making new friends
- Donating gently used clothes and toys
- Thanking someone in the military for their service
- Shoveling snow or raking leaves for a neighbor
- Volunteering in the classroom or community
- Picking up litter
- Walking a neighbor’s dog
- Helping a classmate or sitting with someone who is alone
- Saying “please” and “thank you” with a smile
- And so many more... ask your child for ideas on how he or she can show more kindness.
Tips for Parents and Families
Here are some tips parents can use to teach children to be kind:
It’s easy to find the bad news happening all around us. Parents can point out the good things that are happening and the people who are helping others.
Don’t watch fights
If children see fighting in movies or games, they may want to copy it. Parents can watch or play with children, and explain what is happening on the screen.
There are times when kindness is needed most like when someone is sitting alone, or being
bullied, or has lost a beloved pet. Teach your child to “see” others and notice what’s going on in their lives, in the moment. Parents can point out the good things that are happening and the people who are helping others.
Joining school and community activities can help families get to know each other better. These connections enable children to learn about the feelings and needs of others, and how their kindness matters.
Say “good morning” to a stranger, compliment your neighbor, and always thank the pizza delivery person. Simple greetings and expressions of appreciation show your child how he or she can reach out to others and brighten someone’s day.