Never too young for kindness
Random acts of kindness may sound simple, but they’re almost a revolutionary act in our world. Showing kindness requires courage, honesty, and thinking outside the box. It’s so worth it, though, to see the look of appreciation and delight on the recipient’s face. These small acts of service and random acts of kindness for kids can make a huge difference, for both the giver and the receiver. And that’s true whether you’re nine or 99.
Children are naturals when it comes to performing little acts of kindness. In fact, many of us adults take our cues from them! But sometimes kids need a little extra nudge to think about others. Whether it’s showing kindness to their families, friends, communities, animals, or the planet, we’ve got thoughtful ideas for kind-hearted kiddos of every age.
Need your own inspiration? Here are 14 simple acts of kindness you can do in 2 minutes or less.
Random acts of kindness for family
Text someone a funny meme
Are you always telling your kid to get off their phone? Put their love of tech to good use by having them text a funny meme to a family member. (Just make sure it’s appropriate!) It’s a quick way to put a smile on someone’s face.
Send a get-well card
Have your child make and send a get-well card to a loved one who isn’t feeling well, or make a batch to drop off at the local hospital. Little artists will particularly love doing this one!
Give someone a compliment
Learning how to give a kind, sincere compliment is a skill – and now is the perfect time for your child to practise.
Do a chore for a sibling
Doing a small chore for a brother or sister is an easy way to show kindness, particularly if they are having a bad day. It can also increase that loving sibling bond.
FaceTime a grandparent
Nothing cheers up a grandparent like seeing the sweet face of their grandchild. Littles already love calling, but it may feel even more meaningful coming from an older child or teen.
Walk the dog
If you have a dog, encourage your child to take it on walks. If you don’t own one, offer to walk the dog of an elderly relative, a disabled neighbour, or a friend who’s out of town.
Make a family member’s bed
Making someone’s bed is a small kindness that can make a big difference in their day. Kids can add a note or small treat on the pillow to make it extra special.