Last week the Style Me Bloggers wrote about Random Acts of Kindness, and I shared one of the things I do quietly and anonymously to show kindness to members of our military.
One of the commenters on that post mentioned wanting to help their daughter practice random acts of kindness. It got me thinking - have I been so quiet and anonymous with my acts that I've missed teaching my own kids?
I've had this quote framed in my bedroom since C and T were little, and I look at it every day. It is so important to me that my boys grow into men with kind, beautiful hearts.
Children, especially teenagers, are prone to think only about themselves. They are really good at receiving kindness from the adults in their lives. It's up to us to teach them to become more mindful about doing their own acts of kindness - not for their personal gain, but to help them grow those beautiful hearts.
I came up with some ideas for teenagers to practice random acts of kindness. I would love to hear other suggestions in the comments.
- Shovel an elderly neighbor's driveway when it snows, or bring their garbage out to the curb on collection day
- Call your grandmother just to say hello
- Donate your old cell phones. Log onto Cell Phones For Soldiers to see all the ways to help
- Say good morning to your teachers, administrators, and bus drivers
- Invite a kid who is being picked on to have lunch with you
- Offer to walk your neighbor's dog or mow their lawn - for free
- Hold the door for someone
- Donate a tweet at Justcoz. org
- Drop off old books to a children's hospital
- Hug your mother
I'll be sharing all of these with my boys. Especially that last one.