Birth to 4 years of age
It’s up to us, whether you’re 5 or 105, to teach our youngest the need to be kind and to make positive impacts in the world during their lives. Children need to be taught with explanations as well as be led by example. Teaching children in these crucial youngest years, at the earliest possible moments, can create a lifelong impact. They learn from older siblings, parents, and caregivers. They look to all of us to be their role models and the best lesson they can learn at this age is to be nice to others and to hold a reverence for life. “Please”, and “thank you”, should be words used frequently rather than, “I want”. Teach them the importance of sharing and giving. Raise them to be a part of the next generation… The Kindness Generation.
5 to 9 years of age
During this age range, their circle of friends is growing…with school and all the activities they may be involved in. Children observe their peers for social cues at this age. The need for positive influences in the life of a child has never been more important. Their unique personalities are developing and many of the lessons learned during these years form the basis for their perspectives on life as an adult. Children need to learn respect for others and the property of others and for their environment. Instead of, “what about me?”, have them consider the feelings of others without an expectation of reward…this is one of life’s biggest lessons. As the kids head out the door on their way to school, remind them to do at least one kind thing for someone else that very day, create a kindness habit and help them make a difference each and every day!
10 to 14 years of age
As a child in this age range you now have a decade of life experience! You have arrived at a very crucial turning point in your life, it’s time to get started on a path that will shape who you are going to grow into as a young adult. These are the years you can begin in earnest upon the path to One Million Acts of Kindness! You have reached the age when you know what you have to do in order to bring comfort and kindness to others. You alone are making the choices toward becoming the caring person that you want to be. Start at this very moment by thinking kind thoughts towards everybody you know…and even wish kindness towards people you do not know but who are suffering. Show gratitude for the people in your life and the opportunities allowed to you. Be proactive and start doing things you may never have considered doing before. Challenge yourself! Find enjoyment by making your parents’ bed or cleaning your brother or sister’s bedroom. Do it without wanting recognition or reward. Constant kind thoughts and kind actions for others should be done continuously. Become a positive role model for those younger than you and even those older than you! By living your life this way and encouraging your friends to do the same, you are embracing your belonging to The Kindness Generation.