Kids Kindness is something that should be taught and reinforced everyday.
“I’m an idealist and want to change the world.”
Such a simple, but direct statement, which were the opening words to Jennifer Iacovelli’s Simple Giving – Easy Ways to Give Everyday. Kids Kindness and actually kindness for all is central in her book.
Plus, I knew from that first sentence that this was to be an eye opening and inspiring read. But then again, I wasn’t surprised by this at all. Why? Because I have been a longtime reader of her blog, Another Jennifer, which has a similar feel to it.
Still Jennifer’s message in her book is one that is fundamental and basic as they come. But also one that many overlook yet though.
I admit as much as I want to give back daily, not too proud to admit that I get bogged down by life sometimes. But as Jennifer’s book explains giving and being philanthropic doesn’t necessarily require a lot of time or money even. Plus, it also doesn’t stop me from still feeling quite similar to Jennifer in wanting and wishing to change the world.
Moreover as the mom to two young girls, I am continually trying to make this world we live in a better place for my kids. I also am imparting upon them the basic concept of helping others. And also that they should do all they can daily to be kind and caring, as much as possible.
Kids Kindness in Action…
Recently, I got a glimpse that I may have indeed being doing something right where my older daughter is concerned.
See about two weeks ago, my girls climbed down the bus steps returning home from school. My oldest had her hands full and her own backpack bogged down on her 6 year old back.
Then, my younger daughter appeared without her backpack attached to her own back.
On further inspection, her older sister was carrying that same backpack for her.
When asked why she was carrying her sister’s backpack, my oldest simply stated, “Because it was too heavy for her and I offered to help her.”
But that’s not the end by far. See since that first day, my girl has carried her sister’s backpack off the bus with a smile on her face to boot.
Still that isn’t just it. Because I am constantly hearing from my oldest’s friends and classmates parents, that their kid just loves my daughter. Why? Because she is simply kind hearted. At first inspection, this is the quieter and shyer of my two girls. But make no mistake this kid has the heart of gold. Because she would take the shirt off her back for most if they needed it.
For her, it is just the simple pull to act on giving that makes her happy.
But why does kids kindness rule for my girl?
And as I continued to read Jennifer’s book, it became clearer to me. What exactly? Well, why my girl thrives on giving it forward and being on the whole kind more often than not daily.
In Simple Giving, Jennifer explains this pull to give. She also shares the psychology behind giving, 6 Different Giving Models and even how to become a simple giver.
There really is something for all who want to be kinder, as well as more giving in Simple Giving. Therefore, I couldn’t recommend Jennifer’s book to all to read.
Still in celebrating the release of Simple Giving, I decided to discuss this with both my girls. So, I asked for their help in coming up with 20 simple acts of kindness for all kids to pay it forward.
So without further ado, check out their list…
20 Everyday Acts of Kindness for All Kids
1. Set the table for mom/dad for breakfast and/or dinner
2. Hold the door open when leaving the house for your parents and/or siblings.
3. Be kind to your bus driver by saying hello when you get on the bus and also saying goodbye when you get off the bus.
4. Say hello to as many as you can at school, such as teacher, principal, school officials and classmates.
5. Let your friend go first getting lunch.
6. Help with feeding or walking the family dog.
7. Try to make a new friend at school.
8. Collect foods and canned goods for a food drive at school.
9. Help your younger sister or even a friend if they need with homework.
10. Say something nice to a friend or family member at least once every day.
11. Color a picture for a friend, family member or teacher.
12. Clean up your toys/books/clothes and donate those you no longer to the children who are in need.
13. At school pick up trash and put it in the garbage can or help your teacher clean up the classroom.
14. Spend quality time with your grandparents.
15. Write a note to your parent(s) or grandparent(s) and tell them you love them.
16. Do chores around the house without being asked to do so.
17. Read read a book to your sibling.
18. Go grocery shopping with your mom/dad and help carry the bags into the house.
19. Give a hugs to your parents, grandparents, siblings or friends, just because you can and love them.
20. Smile Daily, because smiling is easy and happiness begets happiness!
For those who want more help daily, print or pin our FREE 20 Kids Kindness Acts List below:
No go forth and make it happen. Because you can change the world with just one simple act of kids kindness at a time.