Teaching Kindness: Children Learn By Example
As parents, one of our hopes is that our children will grow up to be kind and good people. The good news is that empathy and kindness can be learned, just like any other behavior. The most impactful way children learn behaviors is by mimicking those around them. This means adults and teachers at daycare in Desoto, TX, have an important opportunity to teach by setting a good example. Here are some useful ways to lead by example and encourage more kindness in children.
Share Stories of Kindness
Select stories and books with kindness themes. Reading and telling stories are powerful and highly influential ways for children to learn without direct teaching. For older children, stock their reading lists with lots of empathetic and kind role models. For younger children at daycare, read stories out loud that invokes their imaginations.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness will make someone's day a little brighter. The person doesn’t even have to know who did it. Challenge your children or students to perform random acts of kindness for other children and teachers at daycare and at school.
Helping other people or helping animals is always a way to show kindness in a real, tangible way, how to give back and help those less fortunate. Involving children in volunteer work teaches them that it feels good to be kind and helpful. Collect trash from the beach or park, visit a local retirement home, or donate unused clothing and household items to those in need.