February is full of national holidays that are often overlooked because of the most popular holiday of the month, Valentine’s Day. At Prosperity Day School, we do enjoy spreading the love to the kiddos at our Palm Beach Gardens daycare center on Valentine’s Day, and any other day for that matter. But there is another holiday in February that our preschool, kindergarten, and child care center celebrates year round—National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Our curriculum was developed with our beliefs and goals in mind, to encourage children to become the best person they can and encourage them to problem solve and maintain a positive attitude.
Molding young minds is a passion of ours, and our day care instructors at Prosperity Day School honestly believes that teaching children to spread kindness is critical to their growth and success. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and it is recognized throughout our country to spread positivity through daily acts of kindness to help people change the way they see and experience the world.
While our daycare center and preschool programs in Palm Beach Gardens promote kindness at school, what do you do at home to teach your children the importance of being polite? If you’re at a loss for new and refreshing ways to encourage kindness outside of school and day care, here are few helpful tips you can begin practicing:
- Hold doors open.
Teaching your kids to hold the door open for strangers will be one of the most impactful behaviors that won’t go unnoticed. Whether you are entering and exiting a store, encourage your child to be the first one at the door to hold it open for the rest of the family, and anyone else behind you. The same gesture goes for holding car doors open too! Not necessarily for strangers though, but teach your child to be patient and help their siblings (or you!) get in and out of the vehicle.
- Say good morning.
Tell your children to not wait to be greeted, instead, be the first person to say “good morning” to teachers, classmates, parents, siblings, the cashier at the store, anybody! This will help them break out of their shell and also improve their social skills.
- Do favors for the neighbors.
The next time you’re coming home after school and you notice your neighbor’s newspaper on their driveway, or their trash bins have been left out, suggest to your child how nice it would be to help your neighbor out and put those items away for them. If your neighbor isn’t able to walk their dog, or water their lawn, mention that to your kids and teach them to help out when they can.
- Volunteer as often as possible.
There are so many non-profit organizations that thrive on the help of community volunteers. Discuss how important it is to help others in need, and sit down with your kids and look for organizations they want to help. Whether they are collecting canned foods for a food bank, or helping out at a homeless shelter, your kids will gain a new appreciation for helping others.
- Write a thank you note.
Find out who has helped influence your child’s life in a positive way. That could be a coach, a youth group leader, a teacher, a family member, a firefighter, or anyone that you hear them talk about frequently. Encourage them to write a handwritten letter or draw a picture that they can deliver personally.
- Help around the house.
Call us crazy, but when you promote kindness and your kids see how others appreciate their acts of kindness, your kids will look for those opportunities more and more. Don’t be surprised if you notice their rooms are cleaner or the dishes are put away—and you didn’t even ask! If your family isn’t quite to the point that they want to do chores willingly, give them a little push. If your spouse is working on a project, suggest to your child how much their help would be appreciated.
- Say thank you.
As an adult, you’ve likely experienced doing a favor for a stranger or coworker and they don’t say “thank you” in return. It sort of puts a damper on the gesture, doesn’t it? Tell your kids that they can’t expect to hear “thank you” if they never say it to anyone. A simple thank you is a small and easy act of kindness that makes a big impact on people.
Showing acts of kindness is limitless, and this list can easily keep going. But if you teach your children the basics, it will resonate and inspire them to look for any opportunity to pass kindness along. Our daycare facility in Palm Beach Gardens strives to instill confidence, independence, and thoughtful children that will carry these skills throughout the rest of their education and their adult lives. If you are looking for the best childcare center for your children after school or during the summer, then contact Prosperity Day School and schedule a tour today!