Start From Within Your Home
As parents, there are numerous acts of kindness that we can do with our children. The act of raising righteous children is a good deed in itself. Yet, many times we don’t look at it this way. I used to think that to have an impact on the world I had to be outgoing, work in an NGO, make speeches, or travel around the world. In truth, having an impact starts from the good deeds that you do consistently in your life. The easiest way to do this is to start from within your home.
The Importance of Good Deeds in Islam
Good deeds are a major component of my faith, Islam. There are prophetic sayings that state even giving half of a date fruit, smiling, or removing harm from a path are sacred deeds. The Quran chapter 99 verse 7-8 says, “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” According to our teaching, this even applies to people who do not follow our faith. That being said, whether you are religious or not, good deeds are an important act of love and kindness.
This list is perfect for Ramadan! Many children don’t fast but want to participate in Ramadan in some way. This will help build a strong foundation for performing good deeds in the future.
20 Simple Acts of Kindness You Can Do as a Family
- Smile at everyone you see.
- Genuinely ask how someone is doing.
- Help others. This starts within your home.
- Sincerely pray for other people together. Keeping a prayer list helps you remember all the people who asked you to pray for them.
- Donate books to help share knowledge.
- Help your children send someone a handwritten letter or craft.
- Call family members together and genuinely ask about them.
- Spend time with the elders in your life and get your children involved in helping them.
- Bake or buy food together for neighbors or family members.
- Pick up trash together around your neighborhood.
- Take care of animals together. This could be something as simple as putting up a bird feeder or transferring a caterpillar from the sidewalk to the grass.
- Compliment each other in the home.
- Help each other with household tasks.
- Invite a friend over for a meal or picnic.
- Donate to a food pantry together.
- Create a charity jar of extra pocket change.
- Work on not wasting food together.
- Read to each other.
- Make a snack or a meal for each other.
- Work on saying words like “please” and “thank you” more consistently.