No one likes a bully, no matter what age they are. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that the kindest people are usually the most well liked and successful people. So, how can we teach our children to be kind?
#1. Model Kindness
Kids are always watching and learning from the adults surrounding them. Even when you think they’re oblivious, you’re having an impact! Thus, be on your best behavior around your little ones. Be an example of what you hope they will be when they’re older.
#2. Stand up to Bullies
Studies have shown that adults responding quickly and consistently to bullying can stop bullying over time. Parents, teachers, and school communities have much to gain from promoting positive community environments and anti-bullying strategies. Stop bullying.gov has some excellent tips and information on this.
#3. Promote reflection, remorse, & apologies
Did your kid insult someone on the playground? Mistakes happen. It’s what happens afterwards that really counts. Help your child recognize that their behavior was inappropriate, and assist them in making amends. For example, that might mean making an in-person or written confession and apology.
The world is a tough enough place as it is. Let’s raise some kind, tough children to add some good! In the ancient words of Aristotle, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Resources for learning more about cultivating children’s innate capacity to be kind and compassionate:
• Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reich, Applied Developmental Psychologist
• Scholastic’s Tips
Our upcoming Millie’s Kids Book and products are filled with ways for kids to develop kindness, independence, and creativity! Stay updated on their release here.