Healing can be spiritual, emotional, or physical. Oftentimes, people talk of the healing nature of kids, and how their presence soothes the soul and keeps them feeling young. Children have an enthusiasm for life and remind people of the good in life.
Acts of healing don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Simply encouraging your children to draw cards and pictures to take in to residents of a nursing home, spending time to talk with some of the residents. Some other ideas include:
- Collect or purchase boxes of tissues to distribute into the different rooms in your church.
- Create small first aid kits and donate them to preschool or co-op classes.
- Have your young children role play doctor’s office or help you care for ill siblings.
- Purchase coloring books, colorful bandages, crayons, small stuffed animals, games, and toys from the Dollar Store and package them for kids that are admitted to the hospital. Deliver them to a children’s hospital or ER for the nurses to pass out to kids.
- Find out if there are people in your neighborhood or parish who cannot easily get to the drugstore for their prescriptions or the grocery for food, and take on that pick up as a family. When you deliver their medicines and food, stay awhile and visit with them. Teach your kids that sometimes, company and friendship is the best medicine of all.
What other ideas do you have for teaching your kids kindness through offering healing and comfort to those who are sick and hurting?
For more great ideas to help you as you work hard to raise great kids, check out these other acts of kindness for kids.