100 Kindnesses for Kids
Kindness is catching, but only if you spread it. Let's start an epidemic!
This is a list of things you can do for people you know that will help to sow kindness and light. People are often told what they've done wrong, but we rarely take the time to thank them for things done right or say nice things about them. Do a kindness and brighten someone's day!
First of all, some general suggestions:
The Kindness List for Kids:
Be prepared for a response. Sometimes people won't believe you or will tell you that isn't so. That's called a denial. A good way to answer a denial is to say the same thing again. So if you tell a teacher her hair looks nice and she says "No it doesn't" or "My hair's a mess!" you tell her again that YOU think her hair looks nice.
Another common response will be "Do you really think so?" Look right in their eyes and say, "Yes, I do."
Whatever the response, listen to it and respond with kindness.
If you just off, it will lessen your kindness and might make the person think you didn't really mean it. in the first place
Let them be grateful. If the person thanks you,
don't lessen the value of your kindness by saying it was nothing.
Say "you are welcome." If they say that your kindness makes them happy, say "I'm glad."
Whatever you say or do, say or do only what is true. Lies have
a way of dirtying even the most sincere effort. You can always find
something true to be kind about. If you don't think something is
pretty, call it interesting. Be sincere but honest.
Thanks: Thank someone for something unexpected. It doesn't count if someone gives you something and you just thank them. That's not a kindness; it is just good manners. For advanced sowers, include what it means to you. You can thank your mom or teacher or friend for being such a good mom/teacher/friend. You can thank people for their hard work and say it means a lot to you that they work so hard.
Appearance Compliments: Say something nice about how someone looks. You can choose their voice, their clothing, their hair, their teeth, their smile or anything else you notice. Sometimes something will look different and you can't tell what is it. That's okay! Just say that you can't put your finger on why, but they look especially nice today. One of my favorites is: "You look wonderful today. Whatever you are doing, keep on doing it!" People won't expect such a compliment from a kid. Surprise and delight someone.
- Character Compliments: This means saying something nice about a talent or ability someone has. You could tell someone how smart they are, or how sweet or thoughtful or strong or patient or helpful. Try to tell them what this means to you as well. You might say to a teacher: "You are so helpful, it makes it easier to learn because you are always willing to help." Or You look happy. Thanks for brightening my day.
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Make someone laugh: Find something funny to say. Be sure that it isn't making one person laugh at another person. That undoes the good.
Tell someone "Be kind to yourself; you deserve it."
Give someone a cookie/flower/other small gift.
Help someone who dropped something or is struggling to open a door.
Express what you feel: Tell them in different ways just what they mean to you. Examples:
You are amazing/wonderful/super/fantastic. Or I admire/respect/love you. I'm so glad you are my friend/mom/teacher.
Sing a song: Sing a love song to a loved one.
Make a card: Make a card for someone that tells them just how much
they mean to you.
Give a gift: Make/buy something your loved one would like and give
it to them, such as a cake, a picture, the thing they are always forgetting
Do something unexpected: There are always things that others nag
us to do that we resist doing. Give in. Do it and be gracious
about it. Grumping through it isn't a kindness. If they thank
you, say that you did it because you love them.
Ask questions: Ask if there is something that a loved one
wants you to do or stop doing and tell them you are asking because you
love them and want to brighten their lives.