And so, we’re full swing into the 2018 Holiday Season. Hanukkah began at sundown on December 2nd and Christmas is just 22 days away. The Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive here at Children’s Friend (#hopeandjoy) is also well underway as we hope to achieve our most ambitious goal, ever! Add to that all of the holiday celebrations for the variety of faiths and cultures celebrated around the world, and December becomes one of the busiest months of the year.
In our busy-ness most of us use the end of the year as a time for reflection; maybe a time to catch up on what we intended to do over the course of the past eleven months and then didn’t get to. I’ve specifically noticed on Facebook, posts about December being a month to focus on Kindness. Quotes attributed to famous people, pictures (or memes) with beautiful scenery, and suggestions for helping kids to be kind this month, flood my newsfeed every day. And, while I’d like to think we don’t need a whole month of daily reminders to be kind, there is clearly value in it.
If you’re looking for a way to focus your own or your children’s kindness efforts during this holiday season, here are a few suggestions.
Books about Kindness for preschool and elementary grades:
- Kindness Counts: A Story for Teaching Random Acts of Kindness, by Brian Smith and Brian Martin
- I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness, by Kerascoet
- Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
For Kids or Grownups