Today kicks off Random Acts of Kindness Week, a few days each February where people across the country are challenged to do something kind for a family member, friend, neighbor or stranger. Just one small act can make a difference and help brighten someone’s day.
There are many ways – both big and small – that you can help spread kindness during #RAKweek2048, helping to create thriving communities and prevent child abuse and neglect. Some ideas include:
- Bring dinner to a new mother in your neighborhood
- Offer to babysit free of charge for a family who could use an extra hand
- Tell an overburdened parent that they are doing a good job
- Help a student by offering to tutor or help with their homework one night
- Leave a note of encouragement or gratitude in a children’s’ library book or a neighbor’s mailbox as a surprise
Parents can use #RAKweek2018 to teach children about social and emotional learning concepts such as respect and gratitude. Use #RAKweek2018 to start conversations with your children about how being kind can make a positive impact on others and brainstorm ideas that you can do as family. Some conversation-starting questions include:
- Ask your children who they think is a good example of kindness, and have them to explain why.
- How can one person be kind to a group of people at one time?
- How can an act of kindness have a positive impact on an entire neighborhood, or school?
- What group of people do you think you are best able to help? Why?
- What is one way you can show kindness on a daily basis?
You can also turn these conversation into an activity for your young children by having them draw a picture showing why they are grateful for that person and send it to them. Or you could read a book about kindness together, such as Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch! by Eileen Spinelli. If your children are older, you can use some of the suggestions above and make doing an act of kindness a family activity!
There are many ways you can get involved and spread kindness throughout the week. But why stop there? If we all commit to spreading kindness in little ways throughout the year, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families in our communities. Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting the Random Acts of Kindness foundation.