teaching kindness: labor day is neighbor day!

Kindness is contagious. teaching kindness

Really, it is.

And any time we (and I’m talking you, me–anyone!)  can teach our kids to be kind–just for the sake of being kind–is a win in my book.

Being nice lifts spirits. It lightens moods. It feels good.

The earlier we can teach our kids about kindness, the better.

PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is celebrating Labor Day as Neighbor Day this year, and I love it.  Neighbor Day is a day to encourage acts of kindness towards neighbors.  The goal? Show kids that one act of kindness leads to many and that kindness feels good.

It’s a super-important message, and I love it.

And thanks to our friends at PBS Kids, one lucky teachmama reader will receive a rockstar Daniel Tiger gift pack full of super-fun Daniel Tiger goodies just for sharing what his or her family has done to celebrate Neighbor Day.  And let’s face it: if you can’t celebrate Neighbor Day on the actual Neighbor Day (Labor Day) no biggie!

In my book, any day is Neighbor Day!

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • Teaching Kindness– Labor Day is Neighbor Day!

We’ve tried to do what we can to teach kindness in our house by:

surprise happy day notes

teach kids to show love

no bullies

But there’s always more we can do.

Which is why I love the idea of Neighbor Day thanks to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

  • Neighbor Day: On Monday, September 2, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbor Day premiers on PBS Kids. Daniel learns what it is like to do something kind and neighborly and that one act of kindness can lead to many.  YAY! What a happy message!

Check out the PBS Kids site for more activities and ideas: PBS Kids Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

And if your kids are too big for Daniel Tiger?  It doesn’t matter. Just encourage them to do something extra, special and kind on Neighbor Day. You don’t even have to tell them it’s Neighbor Day. Just tell them you’re spreading kindness. It’s contagious.

Want to get in on the Neighbor Day fun like Daniel Tiger? Sure you do!

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fyi: This is an unsponsored post, sharing a message I feel strongly about from a company I can firmly stand behind.  I am a PBS Kids VIP, and I did receive a Daniel Tiger plush toy in exchange for sharing this message. 

As always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator–and, of course, my three little loves.

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  1. We love taking baked goods to the neighbors’ houses and did this just a couple of weeks back!

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  2. We just baked cookies for a neighbor who had a new baby :)

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  3. We just discovered Daniel Tiger and already our 2 year old is asking for him when she wakes up in the morning! So fun – I love the idea of neighbor day – we will have to figure out what we want to do for it!

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  4. We are going to work on asking them to join us in the field for soccer and bubble fun after school.

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  5. I don’t really know my neighbors because we are new to the neighborhood. Maybe I will have a bbq.

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    Tamar
    31/08/2013
  6. We had a our neighbors over for a barbaque.

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    nickie
    01/09/2013
  7. I like your idea of leaving small notes in mailboxes. Thanks!

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    Sarah
    01/09/2013
  8. We invite some of our neighbors over for a night of cooking on the grill.

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    June S.
    01/09/2013
  9. Great ideas! We made frozen cookie dough to hand out and paper flowers to hand out to our homebound neighbors!

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  10. I think we’ll get the neighbor kids to come play in our backyard.

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  11. today we brought flowers to our neighbor in the hospital

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    Denise m
    03/09/2013
  12. Our family likes to help our elderly neighbor keep up with her yardwork.

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    Jill McHale
    03/09/2013
  13. By helping my neighbor with her small garden

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    Tabathia B
    03/09/2013
  14. Our neighbors are our dear friends. All of the neighbor hood is friends. We take care of each others kids, have bbq’s, and do holiday gifts.

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    Colleen W
    06/09/2013
  15. We don’t live in a very “neighborly” neighborhood, but maybe we should change that. Bryson does love to “hep” one neighbor with his dogs.

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  16. We help our neighbor with their cleaning and feeding the cat.

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  17. By checking on them during bad weather, or just stopping and chatting with an elderly neighbor.

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    Karen
    08/09/2013
  18. Helping out a neighbor with her lawn.

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    Stephanie Larison
    08/09/2013
  19. This idea is wonderful and so much needed. I often remember when I was a kid there was so much more neighbor to neighbor contact. Now a days it seems every one pulls up in their driveway hits the button for the roll up garage door and hits the button again once they drive in. Appears no one uses their front door anymore and that’s a shame because that’s when you had a chance to see your neighbor’s outside. They way I celebrate neighbor day is by spoiling all the kids on my street with fun games and baking. The kids come over and we bake play games and take goodies to the 3 window ladies on our street. This year we are doing extra we are decorating the 3 windows homes on the outside for Christmas. The older ladies spoke last year of how much they miss their X-mas lights. Even If I don’t win I just want to say love your idea lets pray it spreads acts of kindness all over.

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    Jennifer Tang
    09/09/2013
  20. We always have a block party in our neighborhood in October. Everyone brings a dish, we grill, have games for the kids and other games such as cake walks.
    It has been a tradition for the last twelve years and we love it.

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    Jill Myrick
    10/09/2013
  21. We helped our elderly neighbors with yard work! We do this every other weekend!

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    Paula Tavernie
    10/09/2013
  22. We like to bake them cookies and leave them on their doorsteps with little notes. :)

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    Amanda McCleese
    10/09/2013
  23. This is such a nice idea. We haven’t lived hear very long, so we don’t really know our neighbors, but maybe we’ll introduce ourselves and make some new friends!

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    Jemima P
    10/09/2013
  24. We had a our neighbors over for dinner :)

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    Mihaela D.
    11/09/2013
  25. We washed the windows of our neighbor!

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    Ed Nemmers
    11/09/2013
  26. We helped our neighbors with moving.

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    Melanie Montgomery
    11/09/2013
  27. We just washed the windows for our neighbor!

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    Ed Nemmers
    11/09/2013
  28. I think I will bake cookies for the neighbors.

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    Deb S
    11/09/2013
  29. My husband is a police officer. He came home and told me about an old man who just called 911 to “talk” my kids and I anonymously left a dozen cookies at his door.

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    Ashley Pichon
    11/09/2013
  30. We’ll see if they’d like to get together at the park!

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    Jaclyn Reynolds
    11/09/2013
  31. I might take them cookies!

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    Tara
    11/09/2013
  32. We try to help out our older neighbors in anyway we can and are there if any of our younger neighbors need us as last minute babysitters.

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    Rebecca Lock
    11/09/2013
  33. We have several elderly neighbors and we always have a big barbecue and since they are on a limited income we supply everything needed including the food.

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    Laurie Emerson
    11/09/2013
  34. I’m going to give zucchini bread to my neighbors.

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    Melinda Stephens
    12/09/2013
  35. I didn’t even know Neighbor Day excited! But now that I know, I will plan something with my kids!

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  36. We have a “lawn day” where four of my neighbors and us get the lawnmowers, trimmers, hedgers, etc. out, and we take care of three of our elderly neighbors lawns each month, thanks!

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    kristin sims
    12/09/2013
  37. We had a neighborhood bbq. All of our neighbors brought a dish to pass and the kids played in our yard. It was a lot of fun!

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  38. Mowing their lawn

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    Kristen Weigel
    12/09/2013
  39. We go for walks and stop and talk or walk with our neighbors

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    shanta spradlin
    12/09/2013
  40. I am an avid baker and I bake cupcakes all the time for neighbors.

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    Ann Council
    12/09/2013
  41. We would pack a picnic lunch and go to the neighborhood park and have lunch and watch the kids play.

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    Karen Drake
    12/09/2013
  42. help the neighbors mow their yard

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    amy deeter
    12/09/2013
  43. We will bake cookies and take them to our closest neighbors.

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    Ricci
    12/09/2013
  44. We shovel snow for the elderly neighbors

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    tina reynolds
    12/09/2013
  45. My only neighbor is my mom and grandmother.We helped them weed out their rose beds and clean up the property.

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    Leslie L Stanziani
    12/09/2013
  46. We’d have the kids on our street over for a cookie and lemonade tea party!

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    Liz W.
    12/09/2013
  47. we will celebrate with a neighborhood bbq

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    susan smoaks
    12/09/2013
  48. We help watch neighbors children so they can have a night out!

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    Virginia Wright
    12/09/2013
  49. We planted something my the mailbox at the neighbors across the street.

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    Allison
    12/09/2013
  50. My fiance helped our neighbor mow their lawn and while they were out of town we took their trash out too.

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    Vikki Billings
    12/09/2013
  51. I just watched my neighbors 3 cats when he had to go out of town and I helped my other neighbor fine her lost dog.

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    meme
    12/09/2013
  52. I always pull up my neighbor’s garbage cans.

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    Heather
    12/09/2013
  53. We celebrated it by delivering treats

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    DanV
    12/09/2013
  54. I love to bake and give my neighbors some of what I’ve baked. Cookies are the favorites.

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    Sand
    12/09/2013
  55. We bake for ours several times a year.

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    Heather
    12/09/2013
  56. give charity

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    vivian
    12/09/2013
  57. We love inviting the neighbors over for dinner!

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    Rochel S.
    12/09/2013
  58. I like sending them random gifts.

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    Christian Alejandro
    12/09/2013

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