How Reading Can Encourage Kindness
Reading can transform the mind. So, let’s read about kindness. Here is a website listing some great books for kids about kindness.
After you read a book from this list, ask your child what the author’s lesson or moral was he or she was trying to send to the reader. Then, see how you can implement this way of thinking or framework into your lives. Maybe it’s something simple like doing a random act of kindness for someone. Maybe it’s helping out at a community organization such as a Boys & Girls Club. Maybe it’s looking through your things to donate to a family or someone who is less fortunate. Maybe it’s writing a kind note to a family member or a neighbor. Maybe it’s starting dinner with a compliment to someone in your family. Really, any small act of kindness has a ripple effect and it’s amazing and heart-warming to watch the ripple expand.
Here's an example!!
If you read: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids by Carol McCloud then you have lots of possibilities. You can grab a bucket, sand pail will do, and some pon poms. Anytime someone is kind to others in your family with their words or actions a pon pom is added to the bucket. If someone is unkind, a pon pom is taken out and a discussion is had. If the bucket gets filled, celebrate! Spread kindness!