Raising Kind and Caring Children
Encouraging kindness in children is an important responsibility for all adults. Children who are kind and caring have an easier time making friends and do better in school. Children who are kind and caring are pleasant to live with and nice to be around. As a parent, you can help teach your child to be kind and caring.
Here are some things that you can do to help develop kind and caring children:
Set a good example by showing kindness and caring toward others. Children do what they see. If they see you being kind and caring, they will do the same.
Work with your children to show them how to be kind and caring. Together make some food and bring it to an elderly neighbor. Volunteer together to watch a single mom’s child for the day. Work together to wash the extra vegetables from your garden to bring to the local food shelf.
Talk to your children about how they feel when they do nice things for others. Talk about the feelings of others. Talk about how it feels when someone is kind to them. Talk about how it feels when someone is unkind to them.
Discuss with your children how important it is to be kind to others and to care for others. Explain that not everyone has someone kind and caring in his or her life. When we show kindness and caring, others will learn from us.
Help your child understand that our schools and communities will be a better place to live when we are kind and caring. Help children understand that their kindness and caring makes a difference.
Praise children for being kind or caring. Tell them you like that behavior. Tell them you are proud of them! Thank them and give them a hug!