It’s the holiday season once again, and what a joy it is to celebrate this time of year with our little ones. Watching them play with family members, sampling the special meals and desserts, and introducing them to all our holiday traditions is fun and heartwarming.
It’s also the perfect time to reflect on kindness and show our children how to render service to others. Kindness is a habit, and it’s never too early to start practicing it.
Young children are still working on making sense of the world around them. They’re still trying to learn all those social rules, customs, and norms. They’ll make mistakes and do or say the wrong thing, but they also have a big heart and a huge capacity to show love and care for others.
Our little ones are capable of the most touching and sincere acts of kindness. But they’re not always able to recognize which situations call for kindness. When they do, they aren’t always sure what they could do to brighten someone’s day.
That’s why we put together our Calendar of Kindness. It’s a simple way to help young children learn what it means to be kind and get into the habit of helping others out. Whether it’s helping someone out with a chore, showing appreciation for someone, or a random act of kindness, each day on the calendar gives toddlers and elementary school children an opportunity to do something nice for somebody.
How You Can Help
- Here are some tips to get the most out of the Calendar of Kindness.
- Explain to your child why the act they’ve done is kind. Focus on the effect their actions have by saying things like “It made your cousin happy when you read her a story” or “It made daddy feel appreciated when you helped him wash the dishes.”
- Motivate your child by drawing an X or placing a sticker on the calendar after they’ve done that day’s act of kindness. This little ritual will give them a feeling of accomplishment.
- Participate! The items on the calendar can be for grown-ups, too. Seeing you engage in the same acts of kindness will help children understand that it’s not just a fun activity, but an important lifelong value.
- Of course, model kindness at every opportunity. The calendar helps children get into the habit of doing kind deeds, but seeing us express kindness throughout the day teaches them that it’s not just a once-a-day activity.
Print and display the Calendar of Kindness and use it to get your child in the holiday spirit throughout the whole of December.
*Re-shared from last years blog