Monday, February 13, 2012

10 Ways to Be Kind to Younger Siblings

As the 100 Acts of Kindness Projects wraps up for this year, I have been reflecting on what I've learned and what I've taught my two little ones. I think the kindness challenge has really impacted how I interact with my children and how they relate to one another. I've been focusing on the old adage, "Water the flowers, not the weeds..." and it has been remarkable to see how much kinder my children have become as I have focused on their positive interactions with one another. I thought tonight I'd share a few of the ways we've learned to be kind to younger siblings at our house.

1. Read books together and let the littlest one pick what you read.

2. Help make their favorite meal.

3. Make up silly games to keep them happy when you're doing boring stuff (like grocery shopping).

4. Create a special picture just for them.

5. Build block towers and then let little ones knock them down (without getting mad).

6. Share your treats.

7. Let them play with one of your special toys.

8. Find ways to make them giggle.

9. Teach them how to do things that are hard for them (like taking off shoes and cleaning up).

10. Give lots of hugs and kisses!

What else would you add? How do your children show kindness to their siblings?

If you've missed any of our kindness challenge posts so far, you can catch up by clicking the links below:

From the Bottom of My Feet, er, Heart {via Mikilani}
Celebrate International Book Giving Day With Your Child {via Delightful Children's Books}
100 Ways to Be Kind to Your Child {via Creative with Kids}

Also, have you donated to The Heart Project yet? As our ultimate kind act we are trying to raise over $2,000 for the American Heart Association by February 14th. I actually think that we can raise more than that... since we raised a $1,000 in just one day. We'd love to give you our free ebook filled with 100 + heart projects for kids when you donate. Go check it out!

In honor of The Heart Project we have a great trunki giveaway by Melissa and Doug happening right now. Check it out here. It closes on February 14th!

Did you manage to accomplish 100 acts of kindness over the past four weeks?

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Kindness celebration post... it is time to CELEBRATE! What do you have planned?


  1. This is really lovely. Thankyou. We have two boys, two and a half and one, we mostly just try and share toys and have lots of cuddles. I think we'll look at playing through all of the above! Thanks again.

  2. This is brilliant every day as J and T get bigger I start to see him do some of the things with T above. At the moment they are 2 and a half and 11 months and we're at the stage of making her giggle.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots

  3. Love it! What a wonderful list. I really would like to make one of these with my kids. I think I will. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your pictures, too. :-)

  4. Such a great list and adorable photos!

  5. A beautiful post, wonderful list and the photos are gorgeous.

  6. I told my son that his baby sister is his baby too.... Help me take care of your baby and now it's just very sweet to watch


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