10 Ways to Teach Kindness

Date: 16 Feb 2017

One of the most important things we can do as parents is to make sure we raise kind children and therefore, kind adults. Being kind means also being a ‘giver’, have empathy and care about other person’s feelings and not to expect anything in return.

Teaching kindness shows its importance, should focus on where the child is developmentally, ultimately it will help them to improve their lives, well-being and self-esteem and reduce bullying.

Here is a list of ideas on how to teach kindness to preschoolers:

  • Do something nice for their teacher – paint them a picture, bring them a treat or a coffee.

  • Donate toys that they don’t play with anymore. Explain how it will help children that aren’t as fortunate as they are.

  • Smile at five people they see on the street.

  • Invite all friends to play – excluding kids isn’t nice.

  • Let a sibling pick the movie they’re going to watch.

  • Draw a picture for a relative and send it to him or her in the mail.

  • Help mum and dad with age-appropriate chores.

  • Teach the “why” behind saying please and thank you.

  • If you see someone being or doing something nice, point it out to your child.

  • Share a favorite toy with a friend.

Mostly, I’m a firm believer that the best way to teach kindness to kids is to model the behaviour yourself. They will learn by watching you be kind to friends, family and strangers.

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