10 Most Effective Ways to Invoke Kindness in Children
The world we live in can sometimes be complex for young children exploring life. Today’s society is de-humanizing the humans more and more and children are becoming insensitive towards nature, people and the environment. Our children are the future of the earth, and if they are not taught to be kind, the world is going to turn bitter every day.
1. Teach them to Share and Donate.
Children learn more at young ages and those habits go on with them during their lives. Teach them to share their food, toys and belongings with their friends and even needy people on the street. Persuade them to donate any of their clothes, books or toys as it is a sweet and helpful act for the people who are in need.
2. Encourage them to Invite all Kids to Play. (Including the Kids that are not Nice)
Encourage your kids to be nice towards children who are not so friendly, and when they are playing, invite the isolated ones to play with them as well. This will create a soft corner in their hearts and they will be more inviting towards people who are not so nice.
3. Smile at people outdoors.
Children are pure and clean at hearts, encourage them to smile at least five people when they are outdoors. This will develop as a good habit and will favour them in life.
4. Teach them Empathy.
Kids are young and often think about only themselves that they forget about other’s feelings. Encourage them to think of themselves in someone’s difficult situation and help that person out they way they would want to be helped.
5. Model Kindness for you and your Children
Kids observe each and every detail of adults and try to copy them which is why it is important for you to be kind as well, so they can copy you and know that this is the normal behaviour e.g. giving someone turn in a long line.
6. Teach them to Apologize and Forgive
The simple habit of saying sorry, giving your childrena chance to explain, and teaching them to give others a chance to explain will help them to learn to forgive and apologize.
7. Spread Kindness to Receive Kindness- Mantra
Incorporating this simple mantra and pointing out when something like this happens to them will strengthen their belief and will make it a strong habit in them.
8. Teach them to Praise.
Try to teach your children to compliment someone on something they like about them. This will strengthen their bond with the person and lessen their chances of self-centeredness.
9. Basic Manners
Basic manners such as saying thank you and excuse me at dinner etc are important and can be encouraged in children if they are used in homes.
10. Teach them Diversity and its Benefits
Educate your children about different ethnicity and backgrounds that people belong to, and that everyone is a human being despite their differences of religion or colour. Encourage your children to share their stories and bond with children with different ethnicity so they can bond well.
When parents are encouraging acts of kindness to our children, we can make a better world.