Week Six: Leader Toolkit

Theme: Practice Paying Attention — Kindness

Kindness, which embraces generosity, compassion, inclusiveness and caring, is critical to a world too often inclined toward cynicism, self-centeredness and intolerance. So it couldn’t be more important to put these values center-stage when raising our children. Though sometimes considered “weak,” in fact, kindness often requires courage and strength. Families that give back together and share daily messages of concern for others, raise children who are most likely to display “heroic kindness” when they’re called to. Here are a few tools to nurture your children’s hearts – and make kindness a family habit.

Scripture Text | Ephesians 4:32

Three Wonderings

1

What does it mean to be kind to others?

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What does it mean to be kind to yourself?

3

Can kindness become a habit?

Spiritual Practice

Join Rev. Emily Meyer, Director of The Ministry Lab, as she invites you to wonder and reflect in an audio recording.

Transcript available here.

Creative Project

Fill-In-Your-Own Kindness Fortune Teller

Creative, thoughtful, online friendly, ages 4+

Materials: Paper, drawing materials 

How To:

  • Within a small group, begin by brainstorming kindness that you’ve experienced: compliments you’ve received or given, acts you’ve received or made.
  • Consider what kindness means at four levels: towards yourself, among family & friends, radiating into the larger community and for creation.
  • Fill in and decorate your own fortune teller with the ideas, actions and memories from the brainstorm.

Time it takes: 20 min+

Game

Make Up a Kindness Song

Creative, online friendly, ages 2+

How To: Select a common and repetitive children’s song. Examples: Old MacDonaldWheels on the Bus; If You’re Happy and You Know It. see our example for inspiration, or improvise on your own!

Caring for the Common Good Project

Spark the Warmth Bingo

Thoughtful, conversational, online friendly, ages 4+

Materials: Printable Bingo Card

How To: First, work together to come up with kindness ideas for the blank spaces on your bingo card. Then, try to complete five in a row. Some of them are simple conversations, some are small acts of giving you can share with family, friends and the community.

Time it Takes: 15 min+

Additional Resources

The Kindness Podcast, from WOUB Public Media.

Kind World podcast, from WBUR

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