SIX KID CRAFTS THAT TEACH KINDNESS

Teaching and practicing kindness is vital to raising compassionate children. Creating and sharing art is an excellent way to bond and learn alongside your kids. Below are six crafts that offer opportunities to teach kindness.

1. A (Paper) Chain of Kindness

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2. Kindness Postcards

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3. Decorate a Kindness Jar

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4. Mail a “Hug”

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5. Cards for Care Packages for Sick Children

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6. Paper Plate Flowers

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To bring the teaching of kindness into your kindness craft sessions, you can share the finished products with local friends or those in need. Sharing homemade creations is an expression of love and giving.

A great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

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Let us know what your child’s favorite kindness craft was in the comments section below.

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SUMMER CAMP ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR KIDS

While summer camp can be a highly enjoyable and memorable part of childhood, it isn’t always what’s best for every family. Whether the reasons are financial or otherwise, there are still many ways to make the most of your child’s summer break from school.

By exploring your community’s events and resources, you can plan out a summer equally as fun as any given summer camp. Libraries often host free readings, workshops and classes. National (and local) parks have educational opportunities for children, as well as adults. Your local YMCA and churches most likely have classes and activities for your child, as well. Browse online or in a local newspaper for volunteer opportunities at a local farm, one day workshops, child focused concerts, theatre in the park and so on. Swim lessons and play dates are excellent alternatives, too.

Summer camps are memorable because of their foundations in fun activities and socialization. By creating your own activities and keeping your social calendar full, you can easily make this summer one that your child will never forget.

For even more summer fun ideas, read our blog post titled, “15 Ways to Avoid Hearing “I’m Bored” This Summer” here :https://www.getitgoingnow.com/ourblog/2017/4/10/15-kind-ways-to-beat-the-boredom-blues-this-summer.

Your children can invite others to join them to these enjoyable events. By being inclusive, your child will make new friends, while simultaneously practicing kindness. A great way to make a habit of teaching your children about the practice of kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

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Let us know what your child’s favorite summer activity was in the comments section below.

DOING GOOD FEELS GOOD BY SAVANNAH SLONE

We’re all in this life together and I think that we can all agree that we feel more contented when we feel supported. It feels better for everyone when we’re helping each other get through it. Everyone is undergoing their own personal struggles, so when we feel heard and understood, we feel less alone.

It’s undeniable–the happiest people are the kindest people. Regardless of race, gender, religion, class, or amount of available free time, we can all incorporate kindness into our everyday lives. When we do good for others, we feel better, ourselves. Begin improving your quality of life today by demonstrating kindness and compassion. When you set an example by doing good, you inspire other to do the same.

Good deeds come in an endless variety of possibilities. Doing good can be volunteering, being more inclusive, smiling at strangers, or complimenting people. It can also be calling a friend to ask how they’re doing, being available as a listener, offering to babysit for free, paying for the person’s coffee or food who is behind you in line, or opening the door for others. Other ideas include baking cookies for a person or organization in your community, sending thank you cards, taking an acquaintance or new community member to lunch, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, and sending letters to soldiers and/or people in the hospital.

An example of one of my go-to acts of kindness is leaving notes of encouragement in random places. I begin by cutting and decorating scrapbook paper and adding quotations or simple affirmations. Among these quotes of encouragement have been, “You are enough”, “You are worth it”, “Love yourself”, “You are beautiful”, “Good things are coming”, and others of similar nature. When I have my inspirational notes prepared, I put them on top of neighbors’ mailboxes, on community bulletin boards, under car windshield wipers, inside of travel guide brochures, and any other places that I see fit, depending on where I am. For example, I found a lot more spaces for these notes while in Seattle, in comparison to the small town I live in. Make your own notes of encouragement and get to spreading unexpected bits of happiness. I first began doing this after I came across one of these notes and it made my day. I wanted to brighten the days of others, as well.

Another great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

What acts of kindness have you recently practiced? Let us know in the comments section below.