One of the most fun things about being a mom during the holidays is getting to start your own family traditions. We have incorporated a lot of our parent’s traditions into our children’s lives, but I wanted to be really intentional about the new things we introduce year after year. One holiday tradition that we have successfully incorporated over the last four years is Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Every November, in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we pick one act of kindness to complete each day–ranging from big to small. It is a fun way to get children, young and old, accustomed to giving and showing kindness to others.
Random Acts of Kindness Week is teaching my children that the holidays are not just about receiving treats and presents, and that there is joy to be found in giving to others.
It is cool to watch their excitement as we choose how to serve others each day, and I hope as they grow up and start families of their own, they choose to hold on to this tradition and share it with the people in their lives.
In the spirit of giving, I would love to share some ideas for acts of kindness that you can complete with your children if you want to join us this year!
FOR SMALL KIDS:
- Visit a local nursing home and spend an afternoon listening to the resident’s stories.
- Put coins into expired parking meters (Downtown ABQ is a great place to do this!)
- Send snail mail/artwork to relatives and friends who live far away.
- Take doughnuts or homemade treats to your child’s pediatrician.
- Make crafts or treats for your neighbors
*bonus points if you spend time chatting with elderly neighbors who may not have many people to talk to.
- Hold the door for someone, or let them go in front of you in line!
- Send a card to service member.
- Invite someone to your holiday celebration (maybe someone who doesn’t have family in town)
- Donate toys to a local shelter.
FOR BIG KIDS:
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or shelter.
- Return abandoned shopping carts at the grocery store.
- Volunteer to read for story time at your local library.
- Leave notes of encouragement around school.
- Bring your mom breakfast in bed (this one is my favorite!)
- Rake leaves or pull weeds for a neighbor who is unable to do yard work.
- Roll the trash cans out/in for an elderly neighbor or friend.
This list is just a guide to get you going. The best acts of kindness are always the ones you come up with for your specific situation.
One of our very favorite things to do is take treats to all of our doctors, specifically the pediatric department at our local hospital as both of our children have spent time there. It is such a joy to watch the nurses faces light up as they realize they are appreciated, even when we haven’t been there in over two years.
If you are at a loss for ideas, turn to your kids and ask them for ideas! Kids see so many things that we don’t see and have the most creative ideas on what kindness looks like.
In a world that doesn’t always seem to value kindness, one small act of love can feel revolutionary.
So let’s get out there and start a revolution of love!