RAKs That Teach the Importance of Grateful Living
During this time of year, there is a strong focus on what we want, especially for our kids. With making a special list for what they want from Santa or for Hanukkah, in addition to all of the commercials on TV and the extra material things displayed at all of the stores, it is easy to get caught up in the commercially of it all. However, it is also a great time of year to remember to do for and to give to others. The season is for giving, not just receiving. Therefore, it’s a great opportunity to remind our kids to be thankful for what they have and to show it through random acts of kindness.
First, you can begin by reminding your children to use good manners, especially in public. While this might not seem like an act of kindness, saying thank you to someone who has handed them something, writing thank you notes when they receive a gift or making sure to hold the door for others are common courtesies that every child should know to do.
Teach your kids the importance of chores and having pride in your home. As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is”, and that it is important for everyone to chip in and to be a part in maintaining your happy home. Being kind to each person in your home includes picking up after yourself, as well as doing something unexpected sometimes, such as doing someone else’s chore without being asked.
Visit someone who is elderly or homebound. While most of us are extra busy during this time of year, it might be a lonely time for someone who isn’t able to leave their home easily. Therefore, taking some time to visit with an elderly neighbor or volunteering at a nursing home are ways that your children can bring cheer to someone else’s life.
Bring flowers to the teacher. Teachers are some of the most wonderful people in our children’s lives. They do more than most of us are aware of and take care of our kids for a large part of each day. Having them take the time to bring flowers or some other special treat to their teacher “just because” will make their day.
Make a card for someone. Have your kids try and think of someone you might not ordinarily think about saying “thank you” to, such as the garbage man, and make a nice card for them. Taking time to remember different people who help make our lives better or cleaner is a great way to give back.
Bake cookies for your local firefighters or police. Saying thank you to the people who keep us safe is always a win!
No matter how you choose to spend time being grateful and giving back, the lessons you instill in your children will last a lifetime.
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.