There is no single solution when it comes to raising children to be kind.
The quality of being friendly, generous & considerate
Parenting advice is most definitely not in short supply, and I have tried several different approaches to teach my kids kindness over the years.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where bullying and being unkind is fast becoming an epidemic; Is there something we are missing? We spend so much time teaching rules and worrying about moral codes that it seems the basics of human society are often overlooked. Teaching kids how to be kind to each other seems so simple that we forget they need us to inspire them and lead by example.
We seem to spend so much time teaching rules and worrying about moral codes that it appears that we are overlooking the basics of human society.
Teaching kids how to be kind to each other seems so simple that we forget they need us to inspire them and lead by example.
Researchers have found there is a definite correlation between kindness and happiness; It’s not just that happier people are kinder, or kinder people are happier. A study shows that engaging in a random act of kindness — (even if you’re told by a researcher to do so!) — improves your happiness level. Bonus, who doesn’t want happy kids!
We take responsibility when teaching kids kindness and should lead by example.
Make caring a priority. Take some time to become aware of your actions and attitude towards not only others but your kids.
Praise kids when they help out or say something sweet, remind them how good it feels to be kind.
If you happen to be helping out a friend, explain why you might be doing so and let them get involved.
Point out to your kids the good things that are happening in the world and the good people who are helping others.
Emphasise caring when you interact with other adults in your children’s lives. For example, ask teachers whether they are good community members at the school.
Be a role model. Practice honesty, fairness and caring for others. You will soon see them follow your lead.
Ask your kids these three simple questions:
- What does it mean to be kind?
- Who needs your show of kindness?
- Is there a mean person you might be able ‘to sprinkle some kindness’ on?
See how they respond and discuss their answers as a family. It may make a profound difference.
Below is a little game we are currently playing at home.
A game of kindness
The kids collect points for each act of kindness; This, in turn, will help them associate the happy feeling they get in return for completing the actions.
Download yours here:
Remember kindness begins at home; I added, always be kind, to our list of house rules which you can check out in this post here.
Print out your game today and start playing! Don’t forget to download the blank challenge page and fill it in with your own ideas. Share yours below.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop ❤️