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10 New Year’s Resolutions with Young Children #7-Being Kind

We all want our children to be smart and do well at school but, more than that, we want them to be happy and responsible, respectful and kind. Helping children learn and practice kindness can be a new year’s resolution that impacts them for a lifetime.

helping children learn kindnessThere are different approaches that we can use to help children be kind. As with many behaviors, children respond to the example of adults around them. When they see us being kind, they are more likely to be kind themselves. We need to acknowledge when we see them making an effort to be kind. Rather than rewarding their behavior, we can smile and let them we noticed by saying something as simple as “I see you doing something kind. Did you know that was kind?” That also sends the message that we think being kind is important.

Children need to hear the words that we use that indicate kindness, such as thanking others or asking “Can I help you?” Showing is another strategy. For instance, instead of grabbing the cat, we can hold a child’s hand and show how to gently pat. Kids seem to absorb ideas in stories so reading books about being kind is also effective. “How Kind” by Mary Murphy is a simple book for younger toddlers. “I See Kindness Everywhere” by Shelley Frost is the story of a child who recognizes the kind actions of others. There are many other books and stories that we can share.

kindness in young childrenCan the kindness of children make a difference? Absolutely! All on her own, Emma, the young girl in this picture, had an idea of how she could help. She grew her hair long so that she could donate it to make a wig for children who have lost their own hair. She is now six, but she started much earlier because hair takes a long time to grow. You can see the length in the piece she is holding. She is proud of her action, as she should be, and so is everyone else. What a kind heart she has and compassion for others.

We have all heard the quote “No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted.” Just recently, Gandalf had another one in the the movie The Hobbit, “It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.” Lately, there has been much darkness but the future is very much in our children. How do you help your child be kind?

Dinovember: Dinosaurs, Manners and Magic Words

Before the approaching holiday season goes from busy to even busier, it’s helpful for kids to practice some basic social skills. Even dinosaurs need to learn manners. Integrating Dinovember and the holiday season is easy to do with the book Suppose You Meet A Dinosaur, A First Book of Manners by Judy Sierra and Tim Bowers. It’s also easy to overlook the impact of social skills. Perhaps, if dinosaurs had known some early social skills, they would still be around instead of being extinct?Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Handmade Placemat Gift Craft for Kids

Mother’s Day Special Placemat: Easy Craft for Kids For young children, parents seem to be part of the territory. Kids are very ego-centric and concerned with their own needs and wants but learning to say thank you and do things for others is an important part of a relationship. Mother’s Day is an opportunity toContinue Reading

Is it Pink Shirt Day in Your Area?

Is it Pink Shirt Day where you live? Have you heard of it? Seven years ago, 2 boys got a group of friends to all wear pink shirts in support of another classmate who was teased and bullied about wearing a pink shirt. When dozens and dozens of kids showed up all wearing pink shirts,Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness As Easy As 1 2 3 … #5

In this brand new year, will your child be starting kindergarten? Are you asking, “Will my child be ready for kindergarten?” “What is kindergarten readiness anyway?” Could you use some answers? This is a series of posts that looks at some of the basics of getting your child ready to start kindergarten. While most parentsContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Social/Emotional Skills a 4th R

Along with Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic there is a new R: social and emotional skills. For young children, social and emotional skills are a big part of kindergarten readiness that has been overshadowed by academics. In the words of writer Mike McKay, “…the brain can’t learn, the mind can’t engage and the person can’t reachContinue Reading

Social Skills: for Early Learning and Kindergarten Readiness

While we all want the best for our children, we don’t always know how to support their best learning. Did you know that social skills are an important part of learning, early development, and kindergarten readiness? Surprisingly, social skills have more impact on later success than academic ones. Feeling anxious can interfere with learning, andContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Early Social Skills: Taking Turns

Learning important social skills, as part of kindergarten readiness and other life skills, can be supported with play activities, such as games at holiday time. In order to practice taking turns, kids will need others; after all, it’s pretty hard to take turns with yourself. This week is not only the American holiday of Thanksgiving,Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness and Early Social Skills: Sharing

The closer we get to the holidays, the longer grow the to-do lists. Could you use an idea to support your child’s early learning and kindergarten readiness that fits in especially well at this time of year? This might sound like the exact opposite that you would expect to hear from a teacher, but it’sContinue Reading

Long Weekends are for Family Fun and Learning

It’s a long weekend and whether your family is in the north part of North America celebrating Thanksgiving, or in the middle part with a Columbus Day holiday, there’s an extra day for some learning and fun together. We all know that parents are children’s first teachers, but it isn’t so obvious that what childrenContinue Reading

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