Parenting - values | 2-10 yrs

Ways To Teach Kindness

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

Kindness is a quality that every parent wants their child to possess. It is a quality that is present in every child, which is proven by the child’s natural desire to help. Therefore, as parents, it is our duty to nurture and encourage our child’s desire to help, so that it becomes a habit for life.

Parents, teachers and elders play a vital role in moulding a child’s personality. According to the article ‘Kids and kindness: Can you teach compassion?’ written by Holly Bennett in todaysparent.com, ‘The key is to demonstrate empathy ourselves, starting with showing that we understand and care about our children’s feelings, and treating our partners and people outside the family with compassion. It’s also important to talk about our own emotions—not to overburden our kids, but to openly share normal feelings’.

For a child to adopt kindness, it is important to show her what kindness looks, feels and sounds like. A kind act must be pointed out to a child as it occurs. Describing the actions and making your child understand how these actions contribute to the well-being of others also makes her conscious of what she should do to be kind. A child learns best by doing things, so provide your child with opportunities to practise kindness by participating in events like community projects.

The world needs kind people. Mother Teresa said, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

For tips on how to raise kind children, read our ClipBook on ‘Ways to teach kindness’.

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Kids And Kindness

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10 Simple Ways To Teach Kids Kindness

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The Value Of Kindness

This video for kids talks about the value of kindness and how we can implement it. It is an educational tool for parents who want to show their children the meaning of this value and its importance.

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