One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is teaching them to be kind towards others, and the importance of giving back. There is no better lesson than leading by example. What better way to demonstrate how much you care for them than to give them the opportunity to show random acts of kindness? If you need some inspiration, we’ve compiled more than 50 ideas for acts of kindness you can do as a family.
Simple Acts of Kindness
It’s important we teach our children that there are many different ways to show love and care. While giving through contributions to charitable organizations is always good, there are countless acts of kindness that don’t cost a thing, except maybe a little time.
When it comes to random acts of kindness, remember that little things can make a big difference.
Kind acts can be contagious. Paying for someone’s beverage in the coffee shop in the morning can prompt them to do the same. Telling police officers, hospital workers, and teachers thank you and that you appreciate them can set a person’s mood for the entire day.
Benefits of Giving Back
Giving is not only a wonderful thing to do; it can also be beneficial to your health. Kindness and giving back have been linked to both mental and physical health benefits. Kind people are happier. Once you start doing nice things for other people, you might not want to stop.
Here are a few ideas of how giving back may benefit you and your family. Giving back:
- Gives you a sense of purpose and meaning
- Sets a positive example for your children
- Is a great way to be social and get to know your community better
- Increases feelings of joy and happiness
- Allows you to help other people by giving your time and attention
50+ Examples of Acts of Kindness You Can Do With Your Family
Here are ideas for acts of kindness, simple things you and your family can do to brighten someone else’s day.
Bake cookies for an elderly neighbor.
Clean out your closet and donate old clothes you don’t use to the Salvation Army.
Make a hot meal for a new mom.
Prepare care packages to give away in honor of people with special holidays approaching (birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, etc.).
Donate old toys to your local charity.
Choose a cause and participate in a community service project with your family.
Donate cat food or dog food to a local animal shelter.
Send a postcard to a friend or family member.
Donate books to your local library.
Make a plate of brownies and take them to the fire station.
Plant flowers at a nursing home.
Put coins in expired parking meters.
Donate your old cell phone to an organization that will recycle it.
Pay for the person behind you in line at Chick-fil-A or Starbucks.
Give up your seat on public transportation.
Offer to help someone carry their groceries.
Consider adopting a new pet from your local Humane Society.
Give blood or volunteer at a local blood drive.
Offer to babysit for new parents who need a date night out.
Make DIY cards for your neighbors.
Organize a toy drive to donate toys to children in need.
Send someone you know flowers anonymously.
Create artwork for the children in your local children’s hospital.
Hand out candy on Halloween.
Send a handwritten card with an encouraging note to someone who is feeling lonely.
Recycle your cans and bottles.
Donate your used car to a worthy cause in your area.
Organize a neighborhood drive for canned food items to donate..
Plant a garden and give away the produce.
Offer to help an elderly neighbor with household chores or yard work.
Take care of someone’s pet while they’re on vacation.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
After dinner, clear the table and wash the dishes.
Every day, give your family members a hug.
Leave post-it notes of uplifting messages on random parked cars.
Water your neighbor’s plants for them when they go on vacation.
Donate gently used winter coats to your local donation center.
Bake a pie and give it to someone with a note saying, “Just Because.”
Make paper bag puppets and perform a show for children in your community.
Pick up trash in your neighborhood and dispose of it properly.
Take a friend or family member to a museum.
Make a donation in someone’s name this holiday season.
Offer to babysit for a new mom so she can have some time to herself.
Mow a neighbor’s lawn while doing your own.
Donate old or used books to school libraries and students who need reading material.
Open the door for someone when they have their hands full.
Offer to sit with someone who looks lonely or sad at lunch.
Donate your old electronics to a charity.
Give a restaurant gift card to a single mom.
Start an indoor herb garden and share fresh herbs with friends and neighbors.
Make homemade Christmas cards for your family and give them away as gifts this holiday season.
Send a note or a photograph to a loved one.
Pledge to go an entire day giving out compliments to everyone you meet.
Create a new holiday tradition with your family.
Write a letter of appreciation to your child’s teacher.
Visit someone who is sick in the hospital.
Hold the elevator open for someone.
Leave a nice note or kind message for your restaurant server, along with an extra tip.
Put extra money in the parking meter for the next person.
Reach out to a local homeless shelter and find out what their needs are.
Offer to take the neighbor’s dog for a walk.
Clean out the pantry and make a donation to a local food bank.
Tell someone they are doing a great job.
Put together a care package for a service member who is deployed.
Save your spare change, and buy a bouquet of flowers for someone who needs cheering up.
Use sticky notes to leave a positive note in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
Purchase school supplies for a local back-to-school drive or a family in need.
While giving back to your local community is important, giving kindness and attention to those closest to you can be just as valuable. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to spend time with your family doing acts of kindness this holiday season or any other day, check out the 50+ examples we’ve provided. From planting flowers to adopting a new pet from your Humane Society- there are plenty of ways that everyone in the family can get involved!
What better way to express kindness than by taking part in a family-friendly acts of kindness challenge? See who in your family can do the most good deeds in a day! Sit down as a family, go over these ideas for acts of kindness. Then, do some brainstorming to come up with some of your own random acts of kindness ideas.