As parents and as a teacher, I always wish that my kids learn to be kind enough. I hope when they have the capability to help others, they do help.It is never too early to practice kindness with young minds. Though it is not easy to teach little ones the act of kindness, but yes it can be done as a step by step process.
Here are a few tips to help you out :
Be a role model
Kids are considered to be great observers. They learn what they see. It is the most dominant way in which a child can learn new behaviours. This also means that we have a great opportunity to teach our kids by becoming an example for them. Site examples for your kids to say Please, Thanks and Excuse me, before you expect them to be used by your little ones.
Books and stories of kindness
For me, books have always worked. If I have to teach my son anything new, books have been there to my rescue. The two books that are of a great help in teaching kindness are Heartprints by PK Hallinan and Dora’s Book of Manners (Dora the Explorer) .
Stories are another powerful way of learning for kids without direct teaching. Read out the stories aloud to them so that they can imagine the characters and the story.
Teach them how to greet someone they meet. And it should not be limited to friends and relatives but also to the people whom we meet daily. Like the househelps, van driver, teachers, caretaker and everyone whom your child knows. I am sure that will make their day beautiful and give you a sense of contentment for raising a kindful person.
Apart from Please and Thank you, what is equally important is the art of complimenting others. For a mom, wont it be great to hear “Mom! What a yummy treat you made for me today!!” rather than just a “thank you for the food”. Compliment your kids for different acts so that they learn this art from you.
Before we actually teach our kids to be kind, it is important for them to understand what changes their act can bring into the life of the people. They should learn how sad emotions can be turned to happiness with their acts. For teaching emotions, I often draw smileys and ask my son to identify the feeling.
When you are doing a donation, involve your kids too. Like while giving old toys to other kids, let your child do the needful. That way they will understand how they can spread smiles. They will also understand the need for doing such acts and how privileged they are to have an opportunity to do so.
Kindness should be the new cool…leaving those pleasant tiny heart prints behind…making this world a better place to live in.
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge for prompt 9 ‘Heartprints’