11 thoughts on “Kindness Machine! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  1. Emily Myer

    @michael I love this idea! I could definitely see implementing something similar in a school library, especially with all of the mental health struggles we see in teens and tweens these days. It makes me think of the winter holiday tradition of kindness elves, where the elf gives a child daily kindness-related tasks.

      1. Kelly Donivan

        @michael I have to agree! And that weird elf is a pain in the tush! When I was a school library lady, a “well-meaning” parent gave me one for our school library. It was just one more thing I had to do every day. I eventually passed it on to a teacher who used it for her own children! I am glad that my daughter was already beyond Santa Claus before the “elf craze” took off.

        1. Emily Myer

          @ceallach yes, the elf on the shelf is such a commitment! I read about kindness elves somewhere online (honestly can’t remember where at this point), and it seemed like such a low-key, nice alternative. We do a few bigger, silly things just to make our kiddo giggle, but it’s mostly just a series of small, kind gestures that we say adds to the magic of Christmas (choose a toy for a child in need, make sandwiches for people experiencing homelessness, give your teacher a compliment today, help Grandma clean, etc.). It’s very focused on the “magic” of Christmas being about love, giving, and kindness. I’m so glad I stumbled on a post about it, because it has brought us all so much joy! And I could easily see giving similar tasks to my tween and teens at work, though I would make sure the tasks are entirely unrelated to money. Kids love to have a mission of some sort, especially if it’s short-lived. LOL!

          1. Kelly Donivan

            @emily
            Yes, the elf is a commitment. I worked in a Catholic school so we were always focusing on service to others. Even a little kid can do something nice for someone else. The weeks before Christmas are the Advent season in the liturgical calendar and as a school, we all focused on almsgiving just a tad more than usual.

  2. Sarah Calvillo

    @emyer we actually did a version of this in our youth services department a few years back! We had it on a wall though and did multicolored envelopes. The youth were prompted to take an action out of an envelope and then do it! We would check the envelopes now and then to fill empty ones.

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