There is a beautiful quote written by children author, L. R. Knost “It’s not our place to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”
How do we make our children become champions of a kinder and happier world? How do we raise our children to make better choices and decisions in life? How do you show empathy and care in society when everyone else is not doing the same? The question we need to ask ourselves first is not the how-tos, but the whys? Why should we care? Why even bothered? Why should we empathised with others when we can’t look after our own?
Why? Because if we don’t care, we will raise our children to live in a world of fear, selfishness, greed and hate. We will give our children a world of no Love, no Compassion, no Kindness and no Light. And, it would be a dreary and dark place to live, for all of us.
If the change is to happen, it has to start from home.
If our whys are compelling, it will move us to take action. If we want a better future and world for our children, we will be compelled to teach our children these valuable lessons for life and show them there is always a better way, a better choice and a happier life.
We can start by practising kindness with our kids and with others. We can choose to make a difference.
Here are 3 ways we can practice kindness in DIY Birthdays:
#1 Encouraged parents to donate to a charity chosen by your kid for his / her birthday, instead of giving presents to your kid. Write it in the invitation to highlight that you wish for nothing as a present, but hope that the parents can provide as little as $5 to a chosen charity by your kid to make his / her birthday a special day.
# 2 Have your kid invite any kids in his or her class who doesn’t get invited to many birthday parties. Explain to him or her the importance of showing kindness and accepting others from all walks of life and seeing who they are; as it is an enriching and humbling experience.
# 3 Start the kindness movement by organising a DIY Birthday Party with a difference such as a host a quick 20 – 30-minute beach clean-up event on an exclusive beach birthday picnic; and invite parents and their kids to get involved too.
Think of interesting DIY Birthdays that can give back to the community. Through these activities, your kids will develop a high level of emotional intelligence and exhibit an extraordinary ability for compassion and love.
So, start the kindness movement today and raise our kids to be the ones that make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
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