Sometimes the smallest gestures create the biggest impact.

Random Acts of Kindness Week is a wonderful reminder to focus on being of service to others. Whether it's a heartfelt card or a homemade dinner, kind gestures touch the lives of those we choose to share our kindness with. It also feels pretty good to be the giver of kindness. Giving kindness reminds us that we are capable of making the world a happier, more joyful place!

Getting the kids on board is easy! Children love to be spontaneous as well as surprise people. Random Acts of Kindness is a concept to which children can easily relate and you may be shocked at how many creative ideas they have on the subject. Deciding to participate in acts of kindness as a family is an opportunity to grow closer as a family unit and make lasting memories together.

When planning for Random Acts of Kindness, bring the family together and map out some thoughts on what works for you. It looks different for everyone based on resources, time and location. Here are some ideas to help get your wheels turning.

  • Write notes (from parents and kids) to your child's teacher letting them know that you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
  • Drop off treats to the nurses at your nearest hospital and thank them for serving the community.
  • Organize a drive to collect gently used stuffed animals and then donate them to the children's hospital or a homeless shelter that services families.
  • Make a few pots of coffee, then hand out free cups to neighbors as they leave for work. (The kids will love flagging the neighbors down as they are driving by!)
  • Purge any books that are in good shape and that you don't plan to read again. Donate them to the public library.
  • Encourage your child to do nice things for a classmate all day. (i.e. carry their books, clean up their lunch, sharpen their pencils.)
  • Invite a few friends over for an impromptu gathering. Cook them dinner and don't let them lift a finger!

Planning ahead and being prepared for Random Acts of Kindness is a good idea, but don't get so bogged down in that idea that it prohibits spontaneous kindness. The backbone of acts of kindness is giving to others when you see there is a need. A huge take away for children in learning about acts of kindness is for them to be comfortable and confident givers. So when they see someone at school, on the playground or in their community who needs kindness, they are prepared to help out. Soon they will learn the impact their kindness has on others and sharing that will become a habit.