5 TIPS ON HOW TO INSTILL KINDNESS IN YOUR CHILDREN
As we all know there is a lot going on in the world today that’s not the greatest message we want our children to hear or see. Sometimes it’s difficult finding the words to express to our children exactly what is happening. As a Mom, and an Early Childhood Professional I’m a firm believer in keeping everything simple when explaining to children tough topics. I strive to model the best behavior for all children.
1. Model kindness at home and outside the home. Showing children what kindness looks like is key, and it will let them know that it’s ok to do. Reinforce examples of kindness throughout the day so your child understands when someone was kind to them, and how it made them feel.
2. Teach your children that kindness extends past their homes. Talk about the huge world we live in and how beautiful that connection is. Talk about the difference between everyone, and that we all belong to the human race.
3. Try not to overexpose children to adult conversation, or view it. This will help minimize the views of the world you wish your child not to engage in. This will help you keep them focus on the best parts of life, and how to partake in it. There will be plenty of times for further discussions on many subjects as they grow into them.
4. Teach respect for each others space. For example: Hands on your own body, Gentle hands when touching others, listening to friends words, or taking turns. My favorite teachable moment with children is sharing is caring. These are great skills to master while they are young, and will naturally flow into a kind-hearted child.
5. Set up a recycle activity that helps the earth, or plant a garden. These activities will demonstrate how children should love, respect, and treat the earth. Leading them to understand how the earth will treat them in return.
Here is a video that I just posted on my Storytime YouTube Channel that focuses on becoming Kindness Super Heroes. I share rock stories that I created that gives children examples of several scenes they may run across in their lives. These scenarios are opportunities for them to think about what acts of kindness they could choose to do. Thank you for reading and viewing. I hope everyone is having a Grand day filled with kindness.