The holidays are a season of giving and kindness, and it’s a wonderful time to show your child how they can spread joy by performing acts of kindness.
We know it can be difficult for young children to understand an abstract concept like kindness and that’s why we have put together our Calendar of Kindness for the month of December. It suggests ways that our children can practice kindness each and every day through simple, concrete actions, from small ones like giving a hug or lifting someone’s spirits with a holiday song to bigger gestures like making a small donation or doing a chore to give a family member a well-deserved break.
No matter how your family celebrates the holidays, it’s a time for caring and warm feelings. Following our Calendar of Kindness is a fun way to help children get into the spirit of the season. You can download a PDF of the calendar here.
A Key Ingredient to Happiness and Success
At Apple Montessori, we know that what parents wish for most during the holidays (and always) is for their child to be safe, happy and successful. Kindness just happens to be a major contributor to happiness and success. That’s why we foster the quality of kindness through lessons in grace and courtesy as well as peace education in our curriculum. Being kind to others brings a smile to your child’s face, and it can do wonders for his or her personal well-being.
Encouraging our children to do acts of kindness teaches them to be attentive to other people’s needs and to find ways to meet those needs. That responsiveness to others’ needs is what allows successful people to know how they can give people something they want and the world something it needs.
Following our Calendar of Kindness will also show children that they can make such a big difference to someone’s day even with a very small small gesture. Feeling the power of their own kindness will help them develop confidence in their abilities, because if they know they can already do something so meaningful and important then they know that they can do anything they set their minds to.
We also know that an important part of happiness is feeling a closeness and connection with others. And what better way to forge connections than by doing acts of kindness to show someone you care about them and that they matter to you?
It’s never too soon to teach our children the value of doing something considerate and generous each and every day. They will very quickly learn that, when it comes to success, happiness, and brightening someone’s day, a little kindness goes a long way.