The school year is almost over and I’ll have both kids home for the summer. My kiddos get along for the most part, on most days. But, I want to continue to promote kindness within our family. I’ve created a Kindness Jar to help reinforce positive behavior and kindness between my kids this summer (and beyond).
The idea behind the kindness jar is simple. Do a kind act and earn a pom pom to put in the jar. We’re calling the pom poms warm and fuzzies because, 1. doing kind things makes us and the other person feel warm and fuzzy inside, 2. pom poms are fuzzy little balls and 3. it’s cute and I want to!
We’re are using positive reinforcement with our kindness jar. Once the jar is full, we’re going do to something fun together as a family for a treat. So far, the top vote is go to the water park!
The rules of our Kindness Jar are simple.
If you are seen/heard being kind by Mom or Dad, we’ll try to point out your positive behavior with praise and let you put a warm and fuzzy in the kindness jar.
The only real rule is you can’t come to me and say “I was kind by sharing my toys, can I put a warm and fuzzy in the jar”. But, you can come and say “My brother was really kind by making me feel better when I fell down” or whatever the kind act was.
As a reminder of examples of acts of kindness, I created a simple list and taped it up by our kindness jar.
These Acts of Kindness for Siblings list will help remind them of ways they can be kind to each other in case they “forget”.
Also, it’s important to remember that they are still going to disagree, but they can do it kindly. And, they are still going to want their own space, which is totally okay. We have quiet time each day so that everyone can decompress and do something quietly on their own.
To create your own kindness jar feel free to snag our free printable below.
I just resized it as needed for my jar size and taped it on. For reference, I used a 32 oz cracker jar for my kindness jar.
Be sure to check out more of our Kind Kids Club activities for fun and KIND ideas!
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