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“Make Cookies for Neighbours”: Connecting with Kids in the Kitchen

When December 1 rolls around and kids everywhere take out their My Kindness Advent Calendars, one Act of Kindness is shared on social more than all the others: “Make Cookies for Neighbours!” It makes sense, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t love to make (and eat) cookies and share some special treats? Baking has always been one of my favourite things to do with the kids - there’s something so special about connecting in the kitchen, getting a little messy and a lot creative. And there’s something special about treats made straight from the heart - the time and energy it takes to make something from scratch really shows effort and care. Which makes cookies a perfect thing to share. Not only does “Making Cookies for Neighbours” get a great reaction from neighbours and foster some community spirit, but the act of baking has so many other benefits from a social-emotional learning and growth mindset perspective too!

“Do Someone Else’s Chores”: A Peaceful Parenting Approach to Family Chores (ie not a simple Chore Chart!)

My Kindness Calendar Peaceful Parenting Chore Chard

Mary Poppins said it best: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun! You find the fun and snap the job’s a game!” And while we can’t all have the magic of self-cleaning rooms at the snap of a finger, we can take advantage of the idea that a little fun makes things easier, as does a little team work. Great tips, from Mary Poppins, when we’re looking to encourage and invite our kids to take part in family chores and join in the “Family Team”. This can be a great opportunity for kids to learn about contributing, teach responsibility and help your child feel more in control. 

“Donate to a Food Bank” - Tips to organize a Covid kid-friendly community food drive 

Looking for an act of kindness to do as a family? Why not organize a neighbourhood food drive! Not only are food drives a great way for kids and adults to learn more about their communities and the impact of Covid-19, but also to learn about empathy, global citizenship, and the importance of sharing and caring for each other. Food drives can help introduce kids to important social issues and human rights, and give them the chance to practice skills like action planning, leadership, and advocacy. Organizing a community food drive is an excellent way for kids to learn more, give back, and make a difference.