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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are Your Children Involved with Acts of Kindness?

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Children learn by example. The power of kindness is amazing. Are you showing your children acts of kindness? Are they allowed to be part of the acts of kindness process? There are numerous ways you can involve your children in acts of kindness.
President Obama and Family
I was truly happy to see President Obama and his family volunteering on Martin Luther King's Day in Washington D.C.'s soup kitchen according to dailymail.co.uk. This is so refreshing to see. To see the head of our country exemplifying such humility. Not only is this great togetherness and family time, it is a time of helping others that are less fortunate during their time of need. This shelter provides 1,000 meals daily to local shelters. What a great way to honor the memory of Martin Luther King.
 Care Packages
Your children can be involved in the making of a variety of care packages such as cancer awareness packages, care packages for chemo patients, military, or even for the homeless. Teaching kids kindness with care packages is powerful. In the article http://anointedtoday.blogspot.com/search/label/Care%20Package%20for%20Kids%20with%20Cancer, I talk about some of the items that you might include for a child that has had cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Those items could include money for the family, a free body massage at a parlor, natural soaps, or even just offering to clean house. Your children may want to give part of their money that they have saved in their piggy bank as part of the package, because this is for a worthy cause. You may just want to make a care package for sick children in a local hospital according to myjellybean.com. You may include pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, and fun toys.
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Blessing Bag
There are numerous items that can be included in a blessing bag to give to the homeless according to http://www.pinterest.com/pin/239957486365339427/. They suggest keeping a bag in the car to give to the homeless. The items can be endless that could be included in this package. Your children will enjoy helping to make this package. Items could include toothpaste, mouthwash, a small bible, deodorant, or small diced fruit in a cup.  
Zen mama at http://www.zen-mama.com/2012/02/for-valentines-day-give-random-acts-of-kindness/ talks about various ways your children can show acts of kindness. A few that I really liked were putting something nice in the mailbox for the mail carrier, putting a gift card on someone's windshield, or shoveling an elderly neighbors drive for free.
The video below really touched my heart. I just had to share this with you.
The Most Inspiring Act of Kindness
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