"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
As 2020 draws near, our family has been thinking about our upcoming 12 months of kindness. We started this intentional monthly list after I read about it on Tabitha Studer’s blog, Team Studer. (Give her a follow – she’s a creative soul who shares real life while managing 4 kids, all while being deliberate in treating others well.)
Although we regularly look for random acts of kindness in our everyday life, our family maps out one premeditated act of service each month. Some months are a bigger effort than others, but it gets us all thinking about an intentional act of kindness. It also gives us a reason to regularly discuss the benefit of serving others with our kids.
The intent of this isn’t large, world changing ideas, but we'll likely think bigger as our kids grow. Here are a few ideas to start brainstorming about what may work for your family:
- Deliver treats to the fire department
- Make cards for teachers
- Surprise a neighbor with dinner
- Volunteer for a special event at church
- Support the backpack/school supply drive
- Make kits for the homeless
- Volunteer at the food bank
- Bring cookies or a plant to the new neighbors
- Shovel the driveway of someone who may need the extra help
- Bring a deck of cards and treats to an assisted living facility and stay for an afternoon of games
- Take flowers to a nursing home – elderly ladies love to receive a flower in the hallway!
- Offer an afternoon of childcare (your kids can put on a “camp”) for an overwhelmed mom
- Donate blood, and take the kids with to observe the experience
- Fill a bag of food for a local food drive
- Donate books from your collection to the local little library box, or a library on wheels.
- Make busy bags for kids at the Ronald McDonald house
- Collect diapers for the local pantry
- Ask for contributions to a local charity instead of presents at a birthday party
I’d love for you to join our family on our pursuit of 12 months of kindness. If you’re one of my printable peeps, here is a monthly outline to develop with your kids. (If for some reason you can't get this image to download, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you one directly!) I’d love to hear how this works for your family!
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.