What you need
Two paper plates and a marker
What You Do
Ask your child to write “EASY” in large letters on one paper plate. Then, ask them to write “NOT EASY” on another paper plate.
Tell your child you’re going to describe a scenario they might encounter. Then, prompt them to hold up the corresponding plate based on whether they think it would be “EASY” or “NOT EASY” to respond with kindness.
Your friend got an “A” and you got a “C.” Easy or not easy to be kind to your friend?
You got an “A” and your friend got a “C.” Easy or not easy to be kind to your friend?
You got screen time taken away and you think it’s unfair. Easy or not easy to be kind to your mom?
You’re stuck at home and your younger brother keeps bothering you. Easy or not easy to be kind to him?
For movie night, your family picked a movie you really don’t like. Easy or not easy to be kind to them?
Someone ate the last ice cream sandwich (or another treat you know your child loves) and you were planning on eating it after school. Easy or not easy to be kind to your family?
Talk about the Bible Story
Who in our story showed kindness? What did they do to be kind to others? (Ruth chose to stay with Naomi. Boaz allowed Ruth to gather food. Ruth and Boaz invited Naomi to live with them.)
Why is it sometimes harder to be kind to the people we see all the time . . . and easier to be kind to people we don’t know very well?
What are some things we can do to help us to remember to show kindness to our family and close friends?
Parents, talk about a time when you struggled to be kind to a close friend, or someone in your family