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Teaching my children values like showing kindness to others is central to how I am trying to raise my sons. I draw inspiration from other bloggers who have found many creative ideas to do acts of kindness with their kids, many of which are showcased in our Random Acts of Kindness series. Now I’m excited to be sharing some wonderful ideas for acts of kindness especially for the fall season!
Acts of Kindness: Supporting Schools
Coffee Cups and Crayons: 25 Ways to Make a Difference This School Year – Everything from donating school supplies to waving to school buses!
Sense of Wonder: Reaching Out to a Community in Need – Great ideas for helping underprivileged students
Tutus & Tea Parties: Donate School Supplies – Take advantage of donation drives in your area
Glittering Muffins: Helping Hands: School Supplies – Showing that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a difference!
Kids Yoga Stories: Back to School: Acts of Kindness – Ideas for teaching your child to be a respectful and kind class member. I love that she includes acts of kindness to do for yourself!
Pennies of Time: Thank a Teacher with Yard Signs – Fun and inexpensive way to thank a special teacher in your child’s life
All Done Monkey: Top Ten Ways to Support Teachers – There are lots of ways to get involved with schools all year round!
Acts of Kindness: Hunger Action Month
The Good Long Road: Ten for Tuesday: Simple Ways to Fight Hunger – From bake sales to playing games! I love her emphasis on empowering kids to make a difference!
Pennies of Time: Fall Harvest Boxes for Meals on Wheels – Organize your friends and neighbors to give back to the elderly
KC Edventures: Host a Neighborhood Food Drive – An easy tutorial for a food drive you can get ready in less than an hour!
Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail: Mini Can Food Drive – A great way to teach kids to give!
The Pleasantest Thing: Easy Ideas to Get Kids Involved in the Fight Against Hunger – Wonderful ideas to get kids involved, including decorating food donations and collecting fresh produce
Coffee Cups and Crayons: 13 Ways Families Can Help Fight Hunger – I love the read-a-thon idea!
The Good Long Road on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Making a Difference Globally and Locally for Hunger Action Month – Great ideas for how to make a difference in your community and beyond
Acts of Kindness: Fall Holidays
Toddler Approved on Life Your Way: Make a Fall Kindness Wreath – A wonderful fall craft that also serves as a reminder for how to show kindness
Makeovers & Motherhood: Fall & Holiday Kid-Friendly Service Projects – I love the idea of visiting a senior home for Halloween!
Toddler Approved: Halloween Kindness Box – Such a creative way to keep kids focused on others during a holiday that is often “me me me”!
Happiness is Homemade: Free You’ve Been Booed Printables – If you’ve never participated in this pay-it-forward game with your neighbors, it is a super fun way to spread Halloween cheer!
Pennies of Time: Fingerprint Turkey Notes – This is a darling craft you can use to show kindness to your neighbors
The Pleasantest Thing: Thankful Nature Walk – A beautiful way to show kindness to nature as well as teach kids gratitude
Live Craft Eat on Lasso the Moon: Thankful Hearts – Sweet activity to help kids recognize others for their kindness
You can find more great ideas on my Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest board:
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As a busy mom to two active young kids, I spend most of my day on my feet – cleaning, cooking, changing diapers, wiping noses, or running around the park. It is easy to get burned out this way, so I try to remember an important lesson I learned from my own mother and take some time for myself to recharge and regroup. I often tend to just go go go and sometimes need a reminder to take time to just sit and relax. This is good not just for me but also for my kids, who get to have a happy, refreshed mom to play with! It’s also crucial for them to learn by example that everyone needs time to rest and take care of themselves – even Mom!
As fall approaches, my favorite way to do this is to curl up with a mug of this yummy vanilla oatmeal steamer, a family recipe from Costa Rica. Known as atol, it is also a favorite kids’ drink. It is nutritious, with all the benefits of milk and oatmeal, with just a touch of sweetness.
Spiced Vanilla Oatmeal Steamer (Costa Rican Atol)
Milk (whole milk is best for real creaminess) – approx 1 1/2 cups per serving
Oatmeal (either instant or rolled, depending on desired consistency)
Dash of vanilla
Cinnamon sticks (or can use powdered)
The exact amounts of each ingredient depends on your preference. For example, I like a lot of oatmeal, while others like just enough to thicken the milk. As seen above, powdered cinnamon can be used, though it will give the drink a light brown color.
Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and hit on medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickens. Remove cloves and cinnamon. Serve warm! Best enjoyed with your feet up and eyes half closed
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