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How to Teach Kids Kindness

How to Teach Kids Kindness

One job of a parent is to try to raise kind human beings. Having kids who are kind will go a long way in changing the world we live in. There’s something about people who show kindness to others, this includes kids. Teaching kids how to be kind can start as early as those fun toddler years. With a few simple practices every day, today I am sharing simple tips for parents to help you raise kind kids.

Acts of Kindness

During World Kindness Day this year, take time to do random acts of kindness throughout the whole day. This is the perfect time to start encouraging your kids to be kind to others. From sharing a favorite toy or game with a sibling to making a card for someone who’s sick, there are many small acts of kindness that you can incorporate into World Kindness day to teach kids to be kind.

Recycle in Home

While recycling is a kind gesture, it’s not necessarily a direct way to be kind to other people. When you decide to recycle in the home, as a family, it teaches your kids to be kind to our planet. When more households opt to recycle, they are also helping other people because it reduces air pollution. Recycling is an off the beaten pathway to teach kids to be kind.

Rose-Colored Glasses

While most parents do want their kids to be aware of the reality in our world, there are far too many negative news stories and mentalities living with our kids in school and in the general public. There’s nothing wrong with redirecting your kids to see the world as a positive place, full of promise and opportunities. This is called “wearing rose-colored glasses” and it helps teach kindness.

Assign Chores

Lastly, when you assign chores to the kids within your home, they are not only learning life skills but they are practicing kindness. You see, kids who do chores like dishwashing, laundry or sweeping & mopping are practicing acts of kindness without realizing it. Kids who do chores help lessen the burden on their parents and that, my friends, is a great way to teach kindness to kids.

There you have it, a few ways you can work to teach kids how to be kind. Kindness comes naturally to some people while it’s a little harder for others. When you start practicing these ideas with your kids from a young age, they ultimately think life is this way and will turn out to live this way throughout their childhood into adult years.

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Life Is Good Because Of The Ups and Downs

You and I know very well that there are days, and more than a few, where you just get to crazed and frustrated with your children’s behavior that you literally do not know what to do with your self. You try yoga, meditation, praying to God, booze..nothing seems to quench the rage you are feeling. It’s maddening, it’s insanity, it’s near-stroke inducing. You cope as best you can and try to look on the bright side. You know that they are young and aren’t going to be forever, but that doesn’t help the hear and now.

Then, thankfully like some miracle, so have a great day, the kids are happy and fun, they are playing with each other nicely and showing love toward each other. The birds begin to sing, the clouds part and rainbows appear. Is that a pixie riding a unicorn? It may very well be. Then, on those days, you realize that you have it pretty good and that things could be a whole lot worse. That maybe you expect too much and can’t accept their childishness the way you should. You realize that these are your babies, and they always will be. And that you are better off and your life it better overall despite the ups and downs. Ups and downs are part of life, and it’s something that makes it unique, interesting, and human. You know that God is looking down at you and laughing a lot, but giving you a lot, too. You appreciate the good much more when you have the bad to compare it to. I know it’s tough sometimes…oh I know…but try your best to “let it go” and see what you really have.

Things could be worse, but life is pretty darn special if you let it be.

Dave and Busters 2015

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