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Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

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Both my daughters birthdays are coming up. They will turn 5 and 7 years. We live in Basel.
I'd like to give them the habit of 'giving' , rather than just receiving, on their birthdays.
What kind deed can my kids do on their birthday? They could either 'give' or they could 'do'.
There's a ton of things I could do back in India. But here it's different.

Am a bit clueless, so Thanks for any inputs. Have a great day !!!
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Hello,
Both my daughters birthdays are coming up. They will turn 5 and 7 years. We live in Basel.
I'd like to give them the habit of 'giving' , rather than just receiving, on their birthdays.
What kind deed can my kids do on their birthday? They could either 'give' or they could 'do'.
There's a ton of things I could do back in India. But here it's different.

Am a bit clueless, so Thanks for any inputs. Have a great day !!!
They are a bit young to mingle with people who could do with help. And corona times also makes things more difficult.

You could help them bake some Indian sweets and they present them to the neighbours, kids at school, retirement home (that will already be a problem again but they could draw little greeting cards as well, then hand the presents over to the staff there).
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Old 06.08.2020, 23:16
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Re: Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

What a nice idea, really.

I think you could have them write a card to a nursing home, asking how the clients are feeling what they do and maybe tell.them about their own normal day. Or write a card (or draw, paint) to the nearest foyer (I think it would be a foster home facility?) and do the same little exchange. Your children could write this card every year.

Or find them a safe and sweet penfriend in India, have your children prepare a simple little carepack on their birthdays yeach year?

I still keep penfriends I found 20 years ago.
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Re: Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

Here's a coordination centre for voluntary work. Perhaps there's a way for you to get involved, and take your daughters along.
https://www.ggg-benevol.ch/index.php?id=jobboerse
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Re: Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

Super !! Thanks, everyone, for the tips !!
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Re: Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

I had some more ideas.

You could write (or write, with them) to a nursing-home in your area, and ask whether there is someone there who doesn't have family who keep in touch often, and who might like to receive a greeting card. Or several people. Then, write and draw [large] cards with clear, bold writing that old eyes might be able to see, to wish them a happy day, and post those cards to them. Later, when Corona restrictions have been listed, you could go and visit such a lonely person. Perhaps sing for them, or tell them a story, or ask them to tell you one, or hold their hand (if they'd like that), or make them a paper garland to hang on the edge of their bed. If they are receptive, the visits could be repeated. So they are prepared, explain to your childen that old people do die, and that this is a part of life, too, and that until they die, people still need kindness and care.

There are also childen in homes, especially with disabilities, who are sometimes neglected and don't receive visits, though you'd probably have to go through more hoops, in the case of minors, to make sure it was permitted to contact them or send them a card or gift (as vetted by their nurses), or to visit.

Similarly, there are abandoned animals in shelters, which need attention. Each shelter will have its own rules about what is required/permitted. And before you set off there, you need to have your own position about potentially acquiring pets very, very clear for yourself.

Another idea is to leave the house, and play a family game of finding ways to make others happier, as you go along. If you're driving, how many times can you accord someone else the right to pass before you? How many times can you slow down for pedestrians to cross the road, and not be impatient, so that they have a better day? Wave at a passer-by, smile at another child, pay the supermarket cashier a compliment, thank the bus-driver, offer to give up one's seat.

In shops, have your eyes peeled for anyone in a shop who needs something lifted off a shelf they can't reach or help reading a label that they can't seem to read or understand. Obviously your children may be too small to take that task on, but they could practice being aware of needs around them, and point them out the need, to you, learning to do so quietly and unobtrusively, so you could then politely offer your help. You'd be teaching them by example, including how to gently back away, not having taken offence, whenever someone says: "No thanks."

Depending on your concept of hygiene, notice the litter at the bus-stop, pick it up and throw it away properly. In fact, teach the children how to do that carefully, and which items are best left untouched, and to wash their hands afterwards. Plan for water being around.

Keep some small change ready, so you can give it away to people struggling to find the right coins they need to pay for a parking metre or to pay for entrance to a public toilet. Teach the children to notice.

If you set out on a day with the express purpose of maximising your "positive score count", it could be fun. And you'd be showing your children, bit by bit, when it's safe, and when it's much better to keep distance.
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Re: Kind deed for my kids to do [Basel]

if you know or see a family with special needs kids, ask if your daughters may play with that child. often these kids feel left out or are laughed at. and it will make the mother happy as well.
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if you know or see a family with special needs kids, ask if your daughters may play with that child. often these kids feel left out or are laughed at. and it will make the mother happy as well.
Yes! And the father, too.
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Hello,
Both my daughters birthdays are coming up. They will turn 5 and 7 years. We live in Basel.
I'd like to give them the habit of 'giving' , rather than just receiving, on their birthdays.
What kind deed can my kids do on their birthday? They could either 'give' or they could 'do'.
There's a ton of things I could do back in India. But here it's different.

Am a bit clueless, so Thanks for any inputs. Have a great day !!!
What a very beautiful notion. I have no doubt that your children will grow up to be successful human beings, much like it sounds their parents are. Thank you for sharing your idea.
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