Father’s Day isn’t the only great opportunity to teach your kids compassion and kindness. Provide them with creative, caring ideas for showing their dad, grandpa or father figure how much he’s loved, beyond the month of June.
—>Why It Matters: What’s not to love? Writing this list makes everybody happy—your child will love reflecting on why his or her male role models are so fantastic, and the lucky guys learn how much their involvement means to their kids. Plus, children who spend quality time with their dads get better grades in school. Gotta love that! (Recommended for all ages)
—>Why It Matters: This is hands-down the easiest way to raise caring kids. Young children who volunteer with their parents are almost twice as likely to volunteer as adults, compared to kids who don’t serve others alongside their parents. Plus, kids who volunteer tend to work harder at school and get better grades. It makes a difference to make a difference! (Recommended for ages 10-13)
—>Why It Matters: There are tons of good reasons for kids to help others, including their role models. Kids who commit random acts of kindness tend to feel good, feel competent and feel motivated to give various activities a try, even those they once thought were too hard. (Recommended for ages 6-9)
—>Why It Matters: By calling attention to every little bit of affection shown in a day, your family is likely to be more compassionate with each other over time. It’s good for the heart and good for your kids! Even research from the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services shows that young children whose dads are involved, nurturing, and playful grow to be better prepared for school, have higher IQs and are more patient in stressful situations. So, hug it out! (Recommended for ages 3-5)
—>Why It Matters: Kids who have positive relationships with caring adults outside their immediate family are so lucky! Why? Because those connections with adult role models help kids do better in school, and they have been shown to help prevent and deter problem behaviors like anger issues or drug and alcohol use. (Recommended for all ages)