Kindness is often in rare supply. It is important as parents and guardians to raise children of all ages to be kind to their family members, friends, and complete strangers. Instilling kindness should start at a young age, so here are three ideas to help inspire more kindness in your little ones.
Teach Children To Lead By Example
Just like children learn to emulate their parents’ behavior, they also learn to copy the behavior of their friends. Use this to your advantage by showing your children how they can lead by example. The smallest moments of kindness towards another, like helping a friend pick up toys or offering a hug when someone is sad, can inspire the recipients to be kind in turn. A kindness butterfly suggests that one instance of kindness can set off a chain reaction that continues when others are inspired by kind gestures.
Donate Well Loved and Unused Toys
Teaching your children to appreciate and be thankful for what they have in life can be difficult. Every year you can sort through their toys, clothes, and games, and with the little ones’ assistance, decide what can be donated to the less fortunate in your hometown. As a parent, you can absolutely use this opportunity to talk about being kind to strangers, accepting thanks when none is actually given, and why it feels nice to give to others.
Use the Holidays as Inspiration
Pairing the season of giving (and thankfulness) with lessons in kindness is a wonderful way to inspire children to be kind all the time. There are so many different ways to volunteer your time to help people during the holiday season, like sorting donated toys, serving food to the homeless, and delivering meals to the elderly. Consider several opportunities during the season, find one that your children really take to, and then continue that work throughout the year.
The earlier you show children that kindness is cool, the more likely they are to keep being so as they get older.