We are so excited to have partnered with Dr. Jenny Rose, a Clinical Psychologist and Parent-Child expert in our new Connected Family Series. Together we have created a series of wonderful tools that encourages connectedness within the family; modelling kindness, empathy, and which equip children with an effective emotional vocabulary.
This week the family activity is like ‘Secret Santa’, although we are going to call it the ‘Champion of Kindness.’
INSTRUCTIONS: As a family, write all your names onto separate pieces of paper, fold them over and place them in a hat. Each member gets a turn to select a name out the hat (you cannot choose your own name, pick again if you do!). Don’t tell each other who’s name you’ve selected. For the next week, each member should do small acts of kindness for the person whose name they pulled from the hat, without anyone knowing who is doing what for whom!
These small acts can happen throughout the day, unexpectedly and entailing anything you like, as long as it’s kind. (This could be making a nice cup of tea, making the person’s bed, drawing them a picture, leaving them a little love note etc.). At the end of the week, sit down over dinner and see if you can identify who your Champion of Kindness was. Use this opportunity to discuss the kind gestures and how meaningful they were.
This activity teaches our kids the ‘fun’ that comes with kindness. The aim is to show children that bringing joy to others can have a knock-on effect and simultaneously bring happiness to ourselves. Similarly, children learn that doing something without acknowledgement or reward can also be significant. Activities like this help kids understand that there isn’t always praise or reward for kindness, but that kind deeds and words should still be part of our daily lives.
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