Thursday, November 14, 2013

Toddler Friendly: Acts of Kindness List

November 13th was World Kindness Day!  Did you help bring kindness to the world yesterday?


My three year old and I sat down together and wrote a short list of ways that we can practice being kind everyday.  The conversation went something like this:

Mom:  Hey, let's talk about being nice.  What are some nice things we can do to show other people that we are kind and care about them?  Like, when we wave to our neighbors!  Hey, waving to people to say hello is nice!  Can you think of a nice thing to do?

3yr old:  Abba's nice (his grandma)

Mom:  She is nice!  What does she do that is nice?

3yr old:  She gives us gum!

Mom:  Gemmi (his 1.5yr old sister) is nice too!  What does Gem do to us and her babies that is nice?

3yr old:  She loves hugging


So together we talked about and came up with the following list of ways we can try to be kind a little each day.

Later in the day, we visited with my grandfather (the kids' great grandfather) who is in the beginning stages of Dementia.  It was a nice visit that had my grandfather laughing and high five-ing (on our list!) the kids while he watched them skip and jump around theatrically.

When my grandfather asked how old Grey was (for about the 7th time), Grey answered:  "Pap!  I'm three and half!  You keep forgetting!" and then the two of them looked at each other in exasperated giggles.

It was a simple (and free!) day of World Kindness for us!  What did you do to bring kindness to someone's day?