Whether your children are younger or older, biological or adopted, kindness is an important value to teach. And, it is best taught through modeling. Read these tips, and then check out all the resources below. Remember, it is important to teach kindness to our kids, but you don’t have to do it alone. Join us (below) and others in the community who want to make the world a kinder place!
Ways to Model Kindness to Your Children
1. Speak uplifting words
Children learn a lot from the way we speak to them, both our words and our tone of voice. Read this post on Ways Your Words Can Help Your Kids
2. Let your good deeds shine
When you do good for others, let your children see it. Not to brag, but so they will learn how to serve others through you. This is an important life skill best taught through modeling so they will be comfortable with all types of kindness.
3. Discuss current events with them and help them get involved
The news can be scary. Help your children better understand the news by talking about it with them. Also, give them opportunities to discover ways they can help. Children can learn to raise money, collect needed items, make cards for the sick and so much more. Here is an article on ways your children can process the news in a healthy way.
4. Make kindness a priority so it becomes a habit
More resources for your family:
- 14 Little Ways to Encourage Kindness from Parents Magazine
- How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (pdf)
- Kindness Ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
- 13 Ways to Raise a Kind Compassionate Child from Parents Magazine
- 15 Ways to Raise a Child with Great Values from Aha! Parenting
- 5 Ways to Raise Kind Kids by a Harvard Researcher (Washington Post)
- Raising Caring Children by Harvard University, Making Caring Common
More resources on the way!
We would love to have you and your family join us in our mission to show more kindness to others. What do you say?