Why do we focus on teaching our children empathy and caring? Because we know that the connections we create with others are the key to success in every part of our life, from the professional to the personal. We've compiled a list of 52 actions you can encourage your little one to do any day that encourage connection with others. Practices that will teach them valuable lessons in caring, empathy, and also build good habits.
Learn how to say thank you in a new language
Wave hello and smile at 3 strangers today
Collect spare change at home and give to a favorite charity
Pick up litter and put it in the trash
Give a compliment to someone today
Read a storybook or tell a story to someone special
Sing a song to someone
Make a “get well soon” card for someone who’s sick
Share your snacks with a friend
Collect old clothes for the homeless
Dance with someone
Give hugs to 3 people today
Donate your old books
Make someone laugh!
Give kisses to the whole family
Ask a friend 3 questions about themselves
Let a friend borrow your favorite toy for a day
Record a video message for your grandparents
Tell your parents the feelings you had today
Create a show and hold a free performance!
Draw a picture and give it to your teacher!
Learn about how different cultures celebrate the next holiday
Pick canned food from your pantry and donate to a food bank
Say "I love you" to someone special <3
Invite someone you have never invited before for a playdate
Bake cookies and share with your classmates
Make a drawing and put it on your Mom or Dad's pillow
If a classmate is feeling frustrated about something, tell them you believe in them
Write a song about a friend
Help make dinner for the family
Plant some seeds
Make 10 drawings or write 10 notes and hide them in different places around the house
Let someone go ahead of you in line
Ask a friend about their day
Teach someone something you learned today
Hold the door open for someone
Separate the cans and bottles and paper for recycling
Instead of a playdate, organize your friends to spend time volunteering!
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room (and make sure your parents do too!)
Collect old DVDs and donate them to a children's hospital
Send a postcard of where you live to someone overseas
Set up a bird feeder at home
Tell your best friend your favorite thing about them
Help someone carry something
Sit next to someone different at lunchtime or snacktime
Look on the bright side if you’re feeling down!
Share a video you enjoy with a friend
Write a letter to yourself in the future giving them advice
Help your parents buy food at the grocery store
Give your best friend your favourite book to keep
Let your sibling or friend choose what game to play next
Sending a Baby Hero gift is a great way to spark a discussion about kindness and the importance of helping others. We include information about how your gift is helping others - from babies in need to communities in poverty. If we make giving a part of our every day life by choosing ethical companies, the example we set will have the greatest impact of all on our children's decisions.
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