As our families settle into the new school year, it’s a great time to teach our kids — and remind ourselves as parents — the power of helping those around us. Studies show that doing something nice for someone else helps build confidence, reduces stress, and promotes positive behavior in kids and teens.
A great way to help your kids spread positivity is to embark on mini missions as a family. Giving kids small assignments for their day helps them get back into the swing of social interaction, and it’s a great way for parents to connect with them after school.
Here are a few mini mission ideas to get you started:
Send a note of gratitude to a friend or family member
Pay a stranger a compliment
Hold open the door for someone
Return shopping carts at the grocery store
Hand out sticky notes with positive messages written on them
Make thank you cards for local police officers, firefighters, or other public servants
Pick up litter at the park or while on a walk in your neighborhood
Set an alarm on your phone to stop and say positive affirmations to yourself
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