Warm Fuzzy Jar

Years ago, I was inspired by the following address that President Monson gave about “Warm Fuzzies.” In an effort to help our kids have a desire to serve one another and think outside of themselves, The R House has a Warm Fuzzy Jar as well.

Our Warm Fuzzy Jar sits in a central place in our kitchen that is accessible by the kids. They totally run the program themselves and I think that is why it works. In the top drawer of the red kitchen end table is a bowl full of “unearned” warm fuzzies. Whenever they do something kind or whenever we say, “Thank you for ____, please put in a warm fuzzy!” They are in charge of adding it to the jar.

I love it when Tyson intentionally tries to earn them. “Gavin, I will share my treat with you.” “Mommy you look beautiful today.” “Dad, I will take your plate to the sink.” He cracks me up.

For Family Home Evening one night, we talked about how we feel warm and fuzzy inside when we do something nice for someone else. We illustrated our own version of The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale and read it as a family. (It’s not the best book, I have ever read. The video above is a lot better.)

It seems to be working at R House. Sometimes I even put one in for myself from time to time! It’s a colorful, cheap, easy, child-governed reminder to think of others.

We are working as a family to fill the jar and when we do, we are going as a family to see a movie “in the feater with popcorns” as Gavin would say. It’s fun to work towards something as a family.

 

*The jar and the warm fuzzies are both from Target. 

 

Comments

  1. Amber says

    I really love this!!! When my cousin (now 23) was little, her daycare taught about warm fuzzies and cold pricklies. If you said or did something nice, it was a warm fuzzy and who doesn’t love that! If you were not-so-nice, then it was a cold prickly. I wonder if they did something like this there?! It’s brilliant. I fully plan to steal the idea. :)

  2. Ashley says

    Um, stealing this idea. It’d be fun to do a “warm fuzzy” exchange. Pom poms are fun and easy to make, it’d be fun to trade with other people.

  3. C says

    “in the feater with popcorns” as Gavin would say – This just made me laugh a ton! Seriously, first SMILE today.. matter of fact, in the last TWO days!

    I love that idea it is awesome! And yay for Tyson knowing what to do to get a fuzzy in that jar!!

  4. Emily says

    We’ve done the warm fuzzies before with a separate container for each child. It worked for a while. And then they somehow got bored with it. Perhaps I should up the ante from frozen yogurt to a date night with mom or dad. ;)

    • Amanda says

      Emily, you could always make the container smaller so it’s not as intimidating. Children lose interest when results are too slow, but it s does need to be a little challenging too. The problem is trying to balance it sometimes. We’ve had some trial and error with various behavior conditioning projects.

      • Lindsey says

        Yeah, you have to give A LOT of them out. We go through both of those “unearned” warm fuzzy bowls every day. It’s working for us. :)

  5. Tee @ Fostering Thrifty Families says

    This is such a great idea. Didn’t even watch the video yet, but I might implement this with my foster sons, in whom I’m trying to instill a sense that there’s value to doing kind things just for the sake of doing kind things – Something that for my older child is hard for him to wrap his head around