While checking out Facebook one day, I found a great video by Kristina Kuzmic in which she suggested an awesome activity to do with your kids. The video showed her and one of her children spending some good quality time together driving around town (which in itself is a good way to connect with your kid) and finding different ways they could do random acts of kindness together.
If you don’t know who Kristina Kuzmic is, I strongly recommend checking her out! Kristina is energetic and she’s really funny while she offers her perspective on issues of parenting and life in general. She does “mom-centric” videos about raising children and juggling all of life’s challenges. She really is great! And the video I watched about how she spends some good one-on-one time with her kids (individually) especially inspired me!
We all hope to instill kindness in our children. And we all know the benefits of spending good quality one-on-one time with our kids. Kristina’s idea offers both! After watching her video, I knew I had to give it a try with my own children. I have two kids – both boys – who are always vying for mom’s attention. Spending one-on-one time with each child can be challenging. Either we don’t have the opportunity or we aren’t quite sure what to do together – at least this is a roadblock I’ve found in raising only boys.
Okay, enough introduction. Let’s get to the acts of kindness ideas, right?! The following ideas are all free or pretty affordable, hence why you can do most of these acts this week if you want to – there’s no prerequisite of having a lot of money.
My challenge for you is to pick a time this week that you can spend some one-on-one time with your own child, then together choose at least three random acts of kindness to do during your special time. Brownie Points: Do something like this once or twice a month if you’re able! Hope you have fun!
Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do with Your Child This Week
- Leave happy notes around town.
- Go to a fast food restaurant and grab a bite to eat. If you see someone sitting alone, strike up a conversation and maybe even eat lunch with them!
- Help an elderly neighbor take out the trash, mow their lawn, or shovel snow.
- Bring a box of donuts to the school custodians or drop them off at a local fire station.
- Spend time together making and/or filling out cards to send to soldiers serving in the military.
- Bake cookies together and deliver them to a neighbor.
- Donate warm coats or blankets to the homeless shelter.
- Surprise an older person or couple with dinner. (Drop it off, don’t stay.)
- Find someone who looks like they’ve had a bad day and give them a gift card. ($5 for coffee or an ice cream cone)
- Offer your child’s teacher your services and help clean or do other tasks for him/her together for the day.
- With your child, go through their old toys and donate those in good condition to a charity or local children’s hospital.
- Put together care packages for the homeless and distribute them together (either to a shelter or on the street handing them out to those you see in your own town).
- Put together care packages for children who have to stay in the hospital (a small stuffed animal, a coloring book, some crayons, etc.); distribute them together.
- Put together care packages for parents of children who have to stay in the hospital (toiletries, a word search book with a pencil, a $5 gift card for coffee at the hospital’s cafeteria).
- Make breakfast together and bring it to your child’s school teacher.
- Fulfill an angel tree request together.
- Go to a nursing home together and visit – if it’s a holiday, take something related to the special day and pass them out to tennants (like candy canes).
- Leave one dollar bills around a dollar store.
- Donate coloring books to a hospital or doctor’s office waiting room, distributing them together.
- Take the neighbor’s dog for a walk together.
- Challenge each other to smile at every single person you see for one whole day!
- Write thank you notes to special people in your lives.
- Have a bake sale and donate your earnings to a local charity.
- Leave some extra money in vending machines (or tape it to the outside) with a note that says “This treat’s on us!”
- Have your child go with you while you donate blood, showing them how easy and how important it is to do it.
- Babysit for a single parent or for a couple who desperately needs a date night; babysit together!
- Pick up litter together.
- If you both can carry a tune, go door to door and offer to do some Christmas caroling.
- Challenge each other to compliment at least 5 people in one day.
- If it’s Christmastime, help someone (or some place) in your area wrap Christmas gifts.
- Go to a local grocery store and together, round up carts and put them in the cart bins or take them inside so they’re not scattered and wandering around the parking lot.
- Recycle together.
- Wash someone’s car together.
- Go to the animal shelter together and offer to walk the dogs.
- Bury treasure at a local playground.
- Write positive chalk messages on the sidewalk together so you can brighten others’ day.
- Donate food to the food pantry.
- Tape change to parking meters.
- Go to the children’s hospital and offer to read books or otherwise volunteer together.
- Sing songs together at a nursing home.
- Make get well cards for children at a local hospital.
- Make kindness stones together and leave them at a local park.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen together.
- Collect books for the library.
- Participate in a YOU MATTER Marathon. Click on the link to learn more!