Every holiday season, I look forward to Noomii’s Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar. It’s my secret to make the season brighter. When I consciously incorporate simple acts of kindness into each day, I feel great about myself and notice other people's' kindness to me - like when people hold the door open, say thank you, or smile. Kindness in my world multiplies.
As I eagerly signed up for this year’s emails, it occurred to me that I can create this for my kids. So, I pitched the idea to my five year old son. At first he wasn’t sure, but then he got pretty excited. His two year old sister started yelling, “Me too!”. (Okay, so she says this about most things, but I still appreciate her enthusiasm.)
This year, along with their 24 daily pieces of chocolate (yum), my kids will get to pick a piece of paper from a holiday tin with an act of kindness for the next day. The idea is to plant the seed that kindness is simple, always available, and feels great. The kids might not fully understand it now, but when they look back, they will.
A small warning: Don't expect perfection of yourself, your spouse or the kids. This is a new skill and you have a busy life. Perfection isn't needed to make it count. If you forget a day or the kids aren’t cooperating, make it up the following day or just let it go. Don't nag them to see the deeper meaning. Just have fun and celebrate what gets done.
Here are some ideas to get you going. Please share your stories with me in the comments below. I'd love to hear them. Good luck. Have a kind holiday season!
Ages 2 to 4:
Older Kids (Many of the Ages 5+ work for this group too):
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