Have you been a bit concerned that your kids argue too much? Maybe you feel that there's too much competition going on in your family. Perhaps you have decided to do something about that by focusing more on teaching kindness to your kids. January of 2020 might be the best way to start the new year, and here are some ideas on how you can get started.
Buy Kindness Apparel - Imagine the reaction your children and your spouse will have when you give them presents right after Christmas. Think of having a casual family meeting where you give each person in your family a brand-new T-shirt that focuses on kindness. Kindness apparel is very affordable, and it comes in all sizes. Plus, there are so many designs that each of your family members can have a different one. Consider these T-shirt designs as you shop:
- Be Nice.
- Choose Kindness.
- Kindness Is Contagious.
- No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Design Kindness Apparel - Maybe you want the fun of designing kindness apparel yourself. Here are some ideas that you might incorporate into T-shirts, sweatshirts, or hoodies:
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Make someone's day - Smile!
- Be anything you want to be, and be kind as you succeed.
- Be like your dog - friendly, forgiving, loving, and kind!
Your children might enjoy creating their own kindness apparel. You might be very surprised at how creative they can be. Let them choose their favorite colors for the apparel they'll be wearing themselves.
Sharing Stories of and Giving Acts of Kindness - Besides presenting kindness clothes at your family meeting, ask each family member to share a story of when somebody was kind to them. Ask them how that act of kindness made them feel. Think of asking them to do at least one act of kindness to another family member that very day.
Even if you are busy people, think of giving acts of kindness as a family. Visiting shut-in folks or going to an assisted living facility is one way you can give service as a family. Teach your children that they shouldn't expect something in return, except for the sweet feeling they'll have from doing a kind deed for somebody.
In fact, it might be fun for you to choose one family per week and do a secret service for that family. It might be as simple as leaving a plate of cookies on a doorstep, Or it might be something more difficult, something like weeding a garden and planting new plants.