Teaching my children how to give back.

Living in a world that is saturated with self-glory. How can we as parents remind our children of the importance of giving back?

I’m not sure if you all remember the alcohol craze that consumed Facebook a while ago? The NEK Nominations flooded social media – if you were nominated you had to down a drink of your choice, and then challenge others to do the same.

It was around this time that YouTuber Brent Lindeque from The Good Things Guy decided to make a change. He encouraged us to change the NEK nominations to the RAK nominations. (Random Acts of Kindness) and turned a drinking challenge into a helping hand and inspired thousands of random acts of kindness.

So… In honour of Brent and all the good that he does. Let’s revive the RAK Nominations.

How do we physically teach our children to be kind, and give back? What are we doing to encourage our children to create a better tomorrow? Are we not their examples?

I was nominated by Sarah of Two Syllables to take part in spreading the kindness.

On Friday my boys and I decided to give a dear lady named Vera (94 and housebound) a visit. We spent time chatting and the boys read her a story about how the Baboon got his pink bottom. 🙂 She was absolutely delighted and thrilled with all the boisterous behaviour of two highly energetic boys running around her house.  Her giggling throughout the storytelling was contagious and we even shared cupcakes and drank apple juice.

Not only was this a great lesson for my boys, but it was an eye-opener for me.

I am now going to tag two people on Facebook  – one blogger and one mama – and nominate them to do their own #RAK and hopefully, together we can create a movement of #momswhocare. If you get nominated, you have 48 hours to complete a Random Act of Kindness (for a stranger, your domestic helper, your child’s teacher, your neighbour, absolutely anyone!), and then you need to tag two more mamas to do the same, using the hashtags #RAK and #momswhocare. And if you haven’t been nominated, but are feeling inspired, then step right up and nominate yourself!

Become part of the #mumolution, I dare you!




50 thoughts on “Teaching my children how to give back.

  1. OMG I LOVE This! Well done you! I remember the craze for NEK as I was scared stupid that my teenagers would try to join in. The random acts of kindness is such a better way to live our lives. I try to include this as part of my everyday too. Well done you. #Globalblogging

  2. I’m loving this idea!
    Also, old people and kids are such a good pairing that I still don’t get why we don’t do similar actions *all the time*. Here there’s the concept of “grandma for rent”, lonely old people who offer to babysitter kids, like grandparents would do. Isn’t that brilliant?

    Looking forward to reading more posts following this tag ? it warms the heart to see people taking a minute to notice who needs help around them.

  3. I do the grocery shopping for an elderly neighbour once a week, and other neighbours do other things to help her stay at home – it’s a nice. My youngest never wants to visit her tho. I make her come a couple of times a year (in the school holidays) so I don’t think it’s wearing off. #Globalblogging

  4. Why a fantastic concept of a way of sharing support, love and kindness between people – whether it be family, friends, neighbours or people you don’t even know! It seems like Vera really enjoyed your visit from you and your boys! #globalblogging

  5. This is a brilliant post and such good sentiment. I have been trying to join a volunteer scheme and there is lots of paperwork, but this has inspired me to randomly just be kind without signing up to a scheme. #GlobalBlogging

  6. It is so important to teach our kids how to give back. We have started a youth outreach group in our church and it’s amazing to see how much meaning they have found in giving back and serving others with in the broader community. They need to keep a journal and write down their thoughts and how it made them feel to give selflessly. This will be something that they can take into their adult life.#globalblogging

  7. What a beautiful lesson, spreading kindness all around! The pictures are priceless! I love RAK! This is brilliant! OUr world needs this! Bravo to you and your boys! xoxo #globalblogging xo

  8. What a wonderful idea. I don’t drink and was unaware of the encouragement of it via nomination! I’m pleased someone turned it into rak nominations instead. #globalblogging

  9. Hi Jacqui! Very timely article. These are the reasons why I encourage my kids to spend as much time as possible with my 90 year old grandmother. There is so much wisdom there for them to learn – and it always brings a huge smile to her face to see them walk in!

  10. It is so important to teach children about the little things that they can do to help others. I helped an elderly man post a letter this week and the children asked why I did it so I explained that smiles and thanks cost nothing but are worth everything. #globalblogging

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