If we’re honest, kindness is not something that comes naturally to most of us. It’s usually about “what in it for me” not “what can I do for you”? While this is a struggle for most of us, there are ways we can teach our children about kindness and generosity so they grow up knowing and wanting to live in a kind and loving way towards other people.
From making a real difference in the world to just being nice to other kids on the playground, I want my kids to grow up with a sense that they are not the most important thing in the universe. I want them to have dreams for themselves, but also be willing to help other people and make sacrifices to do some good in the world. There are so many ways that children can get involved and make a difference in the world, here are a few of my favorites!
- World view – When I was growing up I lived for several years doing missions overseas. I loved my time there and it changed me in so many ways. For one thing, I’ll never view hard times or lack of “wants” the same way again! While I’ve yet to leave the country with my children we do have intentional conversations about the way people live in other parts of the world. Sometimes we don’t buy things so that we’re able to use our money to help other people. This is something I want my kids to grow up knowing, understanding and not resenting.
- Toys to children’s hospitals – Many children’s hospitals allow donations of toys to be made. These can help stock playrooms at the hospital or can be given to the children who are stuck in the hospital for lengthy amounts of time fighting diseases. Buying new toys or sharing some of the best toys from your own home can be a wonderful way to show your kids what other kiddos are facing right here in our country.
- Work in a soup kitchen – Many soup kitchens are looking for volunteers. If your kids are older you could help serve meals to the homeless or volunteer in other areas!
- Random acts of kindness – Teaching children to be loving and spontaneously kind isn’t easy but it can be fun! Being intentional with the way you interact with others and always seeking ways to be a blessing to the people around you will teach them to do the same as they grow up.
- Sharing – It’s last on the list because it’s so simple. Teaching kids to share with one another is no easy task (trust me, I have two preschoolers deep in the MINE stage), but it’s an important step in the road towards living a more kind and generous lifestyle
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