#CampKindfulness Ideas

As promised, here’s a list of “Acts of Kindness.” I could create a whole list, but I love this one from “Coffee Cups and Crayons” so I am sharing it instead. This one is *geared* towards kids, but really it’s for to anyone, young or old!

Remember, #CampKindfulness is not about doing E V E R Y T H I N G on the list, or doing it perfectly… or even every single day. It’s about finding moments to be intentional with your kindness, thinking about how you (and your kids) can serve and do kind things for others throughout your day.

100 Acts of Kindness for Kids

New to #CampKindfulness and wondering what it is? Start here.

What are some ideas you’re excited to try this summer?

 

I’m Afraid to Write

I’m Afraid to Write.

Afraid of rejection.

Criticism.

Mockery.

Making a mistake.

 

Fear is holding me back.

Fear of failure.

Fear of not being good enough.

The best.

Original.

Perfect.

Ready.

 

But most of all, I’m afraid that if I don’t write it down and don’t say what I want to say, and no one reads it or sees me then that’s the biggest mistake of all.

So I will write. And it may not be perfect, but it will be raw and real and honest and that’s what makes me ready.

Camp Kindfulness

My goal for the summer is to worry less about academics, and focus more on making this world a better place—starting with the little people in my home! I hope to create simple, but meaningful activities to teach my children the importance of intentionally being kind and serving others.

The idea is to make the activities as low-key and stress-free as possible (i.e., bring soup to a sick neighbor, donate old dish towels to the Humane Society, bring sunscreen to the lifeguards at the pool…)

The point is to teach my kids that small acts of being purposefully kind can make a big difference!

What’s “kindfulness” you ask? It’s “a daily practice using volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, and gratitude to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others.” (created by Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm)

The Five Pillars of Kindfulness are: volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, connection, reflection and inspiration.

1. No stress. This is not meant to be “one more thing” you *have* to mark off your checklist this summer. Do as much or as little as you can and what works for your family. It’s not meant to be “perfect”. We’re all learning  & growing here! Even one day of consciously being kind is better than no days at all.

2. Make it age appropriate. But there’s no limit on age. You can teach a one year-old to give a hug or clean up blocks. A 100 year-old can spread wisdom to others. Try to incorporate mindfulness and self-awareness activities whenever you see opportunities throughout your day.

3. Do your best to casually instill mindful habits. For instance, for my family that may look like reading one page in the book “Breathe Like a Bear,” teaching my kids to notice their breath and calm their bodies when they feel frustrated. Again, the point is to make it simple and doable, and not become overwhelmed with doing it Perfectly.

4. Spread the good! Tag me on Instagram @katievanbrunt with the hashtag: #CampKindfulness so I can see the progress (not perfection!) you’re creating.

 

Next post… Ideas to do for Camp Kindfulness

 

Loyally, Katie

 

Resources:

“Kindfulness” by Ajahn Brahm

“It’s Not Mindfulness Without Kindness”

“Breathe Like a Bear” book

“The Conscious Parent” book

“Sitting Still Like a Frog” book