New Year – New Challenge

So many times we get caught up in our lives and don’t take the time to be kind to each other. I want to teach my children that being kind is something we should do all the time, not just on holidays or special occasions.  So this year our family is going to work on Kindness – with each other, with our family, with our friends, and with others we don’t know.

I remember that when my son was in preschool, he learned how to “Fill A Bucket.”  At the beginning of the school year the children read the story, How Full is Your Bucket for Kids, ByTom Rath and Donald Clifton.  Then they worked on filling buckets throughout the year.  Basically,  while at school, if someone is caught being kind to someone else, the child gets to put a cotton ball into his/her bucket.  On the other hand, if a child was not being kind, he/she had to lose a ball from the bucket – Dipping from the Bucket.  At the end of each week, the kids brought their individual buckets together and poured the cotton balls into one big bucket.  When the large bucket was full, the school would have a kindness party to celebrate.  My son still tells us if he thinks we are “Dipping from His Bucket.”

The other day I started looking at other ways to promote kindness in our home.  Some of the resources I explored were:

So I combined some ideas into our very own:

kindness challenge


  1. On January 1st, we read the story “How Full Is your Bucket for Kids,” introduced our “Bowl of Kindness” that will sit in the middle of the dining room table, and made kindness wands.
  2. Each week (as the kids tell me) we are going to write down how we have filled someone else’s bucket (caught myself being kind to others), or another person has filled our own bucket (caught someone else being kind).  We will put those slips of paper into our Bowl of Kindness.
  3. At the end of the week we will join the acts of kindness together into a chain and count how many acts of kindness were caught during the week.
  4. Each month we will do at least 1 act of kindness as a family (donating to the food pantry, making cards for soldiers, donating toys, making cookies for neighbors, etc.)
  5. When the Kindness Chain gets to100 links, we will have some kind of celebration – special meal, night out, go away for the weekend, etc.




What new tradition are you starting this year?


Have a Great Week!