I found your website while I was looking for ideas to teach my kids about acts of kindness. They are small right now, but I really want to do this already with them. What ideas do you have that work?
– Mom of Young Kids
Dear Mom of Young Kids,
Thank you for taking this jump into supporting your child’s development. You’ve entered into the world of social-emotional development (that’s fancy speak for “kindness”) with your children when you teach them to be kind and empathetic. This development is just as important as paying attention to their language and physical development. Bravo for adding these types of activities to your routine!
Before I send you off with ideas, I want to share with you the easiest way to start this and keep it going, no matter what stressors will hit your home through the coming years as your kids grow.
Lasting Strategy: Experience kindness every day for 10 minutes.
This means that you are positively influencing your children by exposing them to something about kindness every day for 10 minutes. Of course, you can do it longer, but when it gets hard, know that 10 minutes a day will help them keep moving with becoming kind and compassionate human beings.
What do I do with those 10 minutes?
- Have a conversation about kindness
- Read a book that talks about kindness. Try out a short activity that goes with the book.
- Watch a video that shows acts of kindness. Here are some of our favorites.
- Do a simple act of kindness–this is why you came here first, right?—ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.
Want to know more about how this is successful? Learn how Toddlers and Preschoolers develop kindness skills.
Want to hear how one mom created a better situation for her child to learn kindness? Check out Alexa’s Story.
In all, I have never, ever regretted taking a few minutes a day to focus on kindness. The time you spent now will benefit your family in more ways than you have ever anticipated.
All my best in getting the kindness action going!