I asked my “board of experts”, my two twenty-something daughters for ideas for this blog. I wondered what ways our family had expressed “random acts of kindness” that made the biggest impact on them. I also asked friends and our iBloom Team- here’s a few ideas we came up with:
“Random Acts of Kindness” for your kids and family:
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James
- Check out our iBloom pinterest board on this topic- there are some great ideas!
- Gather your own “board of experts”- your kids! Have a family meal/discussion about how it feels when someone does something kind for them. How have others shown kindness to them? What are things they’d like to do for others? Allow everyone to contribute- even your youngest child has ideas. They will be more excited and take ownership of the project when they have input!
- Pick a day of the week to be your “random acts of kindness” day. Then make a list of ways to be kind to others- your “bucket list of random acts”. Each week pick an idea or schedule it on your family calendar. Decorate a jar or box and place your ideas inside. Enjoy!
- Combine tradition with your “random acts of kindness” activities. Several Thanksgivings and Christmases, our family served meals at various places. Ask around, a local restaurant owner at my church opened his place on Christmas and needed volunteers to serve the guests. It may become your favorite holiday tradition!
- No act is too small! When my oldest daughter was in middle school, she would invite 3 or 4 girlfriends to get ready for their afternoon school dances at our house. I worked in our home office and could pick up the girls, serve them snacks, allow them to get ready, and take back to the school activity. The bonus for me was hearing the giggles and shared secrets in the bathroom, as the girls got ready. Now all grown up, they appreciate this simple act and the memories made!
- My youngest daughter said a handwritten note from her sister was one of the most special acts of kindness she’s received. The note came at a difficult season. Her sister was sharing some of her resources, which was great, but she said the note is something she’ll keep forever. Take time and write notes to Grandparents, friends, teachers, coaches, neighbors, and other special people. That simple act will go a long way in someone’s life!
- One of my Dad’s favorite lines was, “many hands make light work.” Gather other family members or friends to serve with you. Have a once a month “random acts of kindness” activity where you serve an elderly person in your church or neighborhood. Or, work with another organization like Habitat. Some jobs are easier and definitely more fun with other people!
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia
I hope you will think of intentional ways you can spread kindness to others with your family. Summer is the perfect time to schedule a “random acts of kindness” campaign with your kids- schedules are usually more flexible! Share your ideas in the comment section below.