Today is officially Random Acts of Kindness Day. Since it’s also Family Day in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it’s the perfect day to do something with your kids to spread some kindness.
However, let’s not limit our kindness to one day! The world needs more kindness, so why not make random acts of kindness a regular part of your family’s activities?
Here are 15 ideas for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do with your kids – or that tweens could even do on their own, any day of the year.
- Shovel a neighbour’s driveway (or mow their lawn / weed their garden once the snow finally goes away!)
- Bake some cookies for someone who’s had a rough time lately
- Compliment someone
- Cook a meal for someone
- Offer a couple of hours of free babysitting to parents who could use a break
- Pick up trash in a local park
- Volunteer at a local charity
- Donate used books, toys or clothing
- Send a letter or card to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them
- Buy food for a food bank
- Write a letter of appreciation to someone who’s made a difference in your life
- Collect donations for a local organization or charity instead of gifts on your birthday
- Smile at strangers
- Be a friend to someone who needs one
- Call a relative or friend who you haven’t seen for a while
Need more ideas of Random Acts of Kindness to inspire you and your tween?
Check out these Random Acts of Kindness posts from Hannah Alper and Vishal Vijay, a couple of inspiring kids who are doing their part to help make the world a better (and kinder) place:
Hannah Alper: Tag You’re It! Be a Kind Agent with Me
Vishal Vijay: Metta Nation and Random Acts of Kindness
Does your family ever perform random acts of kindness together? We’d love to hear your stories. Please share in the comments below!
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)