Children are individuals with very flexible minds willing to go the extra mile if given the opportunity. With the walls and boundaries have been built in our modern day society, some of our children lose the conciuosness to be kind. As parents and caregivers, we can do these few things to reawaken this virtue of kindness in our children.
Be kind in your actions: Be consistent in modeling acts of kindness. There is a popular saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Meaning your child actually mirrors your actions be it kind or otherwise. You can render services to other members of family, neighbors and friends and encourage your children to emulate.
Instruct and train the child to be kind: Usually, children do not just develop a sense of right or wrong, what they have seen and learnt over a period of time creates room for that sense of judgement. So you can use current and trending social stories and folk tales to discuss several ways of being kind. Help them to see that little acts of kindness can make all the difference.
Use kind words: Be mindful of the things you say to your chld and about other people and the adjectives you use to describe or qualify them. For instance, a friend might provoke you and instead of calling them names, you could just tell them they have wronged you. Our children should be taught and encouraged not to use harsh and insulting words on anyone even when they have been offended.
Children can learn to be kind when we model kindness to them everyday
“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman