We can so easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of baking Christmas cookies, buying gifts and going to holiday parties around this time of year and forget to slow down and soak in some small moments with our kiddos. They're watching us, though we may not always realize it, and are frequently mimicking what we do.
The fact that they're watching and acting as we do makes it even more important than ever to teach them the importance of kindness this holiday season. These acts of kindness don't always need to be elaborate - sometimes the most simple acts are the most impactful!
So, without further ado, we've made a list of 8 ways to share kindness with your children this Christmas:
- Make homemade gifts for grandparents, teachers, Aunt and Uncles, etc.
- Do something nice for their siblings. Examples: make their bed, share their favorite toy, read a book to them.
- Call their grandparents and ask them about their favorite holiday traditions
- Donate their old toys or hats/mitten/socks to a local charity
- Help with dinner or holiday baking
- Make a "thank you" card for their bus driver, librarian, teacher, principal, etc.
- Send out holiday cards to family and friends
- Make crafts for a child care center or pediatric hospital
There are so many ways we can teach our children kindness throughout the holiday season! Do you have any certain traditions you and your children do? Or any ideas that you would add to the list? Let us know below!
For more cute ideas to celebrate kindness this season, check out The Family Room.
We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.
-Your JPE team