In an increasingly busy world the pandemic has forced us to slow down and spend more time with our family. This time has not come without difficulties, but it has also presented an opportunity for parents to invest in their children’s character. We share four tips to encourage kindness.
Look in the mirror
Do you talk badly of people behind their backs? How do you treat those you love? How do you treat strangers? Remember your child will mirror your behavior. You have the opportunity to be a role model for your child. Your actions will teach more than your words.
Act with love
How do you talk to your children? Show your children compassion, be gentle when they make mistakes, forgive each other. When you show compassion to those around you, you teach your child that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
We need to help our children identify emotions. Show them pictures and ask them how the person or character is feeling. This will help them identify non-verbal communication with their peers. When you understand the emotion, it is easier to show compassion.
Action and consequence
Help your child understand that their actions have consequences. Help them understand how their actions might make someone else feel. An example might be: “You took your friend’s toy, now she is very sad. Would you like it if she took your toy without asking?”
Encourage your child to help others. Start at home, let your toddler sweep the floor, let them fetch items or help put clothes in the washing machine. Remember to thank and praise your child for being a little helper. This will encourage acts of kindness in future.
Kindness doesn’t have to be grand gestures; it can be as simple as a thank you. Let us use this time to invest in our children and work towards a kinder world.