You may not believe this coming from someone who blogs about gifts, but it’s not all about the gifts! As much as I love buying and giving gifts, I want my tornadoes to understand that Christmas (in fact, anytime) is not all about what you’re going to get. That’s where acts of kindness for kids come in.
With so much focus on “me me me”, I want my tornadoes to value helping others, not just themselves. Every December, we embark on acts of kindness. We’ve done this for the past two years however last year was the first time that my tornadoes actually “got it”. They saw that their actions, no matter how small, can make a difference to someone and that it’s cool to be kind.
At the end of November we sit down and draw up a list of different acts of kindness we can do. This year our list includes:
- Visit the Cat Haven and donate cat food and old towels.
- Make a Christmas card and thank you note for the school librarian. Of course Miss T’s teacher will get one too but librarians are often overlooked in the thank you note department! The school librarian is a lovely lady who has made the library an inviting place for all students. Miss T thinks she is awesome.
- Donate gifts for kids to the Wishing Tree.
- Offer to wash our elderly neighbour’s car.
- Fill a handbag for the Share the Dignity #itsinthebag campaign to help women in need. We can tick this one off our list – Mr TT and I dropped our bag off last week. Such a fabulous initiative – you’ve got until December 3 to drop off your bag!
- Buy and donate a soft toy at IKEA. For every children’s book and toy sold from November 20 until December 24, the IKEA Foundation donates €1 to projects in some of the poorest communities in the world, supporting children’s development and learning, equal participation, sports and play.
- Add in some extra tinned items during our weekly shop and donate them to charity collections at our local shopping centre.
- Make a Christmas card for our friendly postman.
- This one won’t involve the kids however I’ll be visiting the blood bank to donate blood. It’s been too long since my last donation and I need to rectify that!
Some of these acts cost a little, some cost nothing at all. What the tornadoes and I get out of doing this is invaluable. It opens up conversations about those less fortunate and how they, even as little kids, can make a difference. There will be lessons learnt and questions raised. My tornadoes always have SO. MANY. QUESTIONS!
I’ve posted before on the blog about our approach to pocket money. The tornadoes each have three money boxes with one for saving, one for spending and one for giving. They will be using the giving money they have collected over the past six months to buy gifts for the Wishing Tree and also to buy seven school bags as part of the UNICEF Inspired Gifts program. Miss T couldn’t understand how kids going to school could go without a school bag!
Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see the acts we get up to over the next few weeks. For more ideas on acts of kindness for kids, be sure to also check out two very lovely ladies – Shannon at Oh Creative Day and Bron at Mumtastic. Shannon is in full nesting and kindness mode with her 12 Days of Giving and Decluttering Advent. Bron has created a free printable – The Ultimate Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar – full of fantastic ideas. I especially love numbers 4, 15 and 24 which we’ll be adding to our list!
Can you think of other acts of kindness for kids? Hit me up with more ideas!