Can we really teach kindness? It's not going to be as simple as teaching your kids the ABCs or how to count from 1 to 10, but yes we can; and it is every parent's responsibility to raise a loving, considerate, and kind child.
According to Dr. David Schonfeld (Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital), "The desire to help is innate. At first, children like to help others because it helps them get what they want. Next, they do s o because they get praise. Finally, they begin to anticipate the needs of others, and it becomes intrinsically rewarding to do nice things for people in their lives."
The bottom line is, kids want to help and that is one great way to start encouraging kindness. The key is to be a good role model.
Try these 7 simple ways on how to teach your kid kindness:
1. Give your child the opportunity to care for a pet. By doing so, you give him/her the responsibility when it comes to the well-being of another life. Take this chance to also coach your child in caring for the pet. Let him know of the behavior and expressions that tell us how the animal is feeling. Show him you appreciate his gestures when he acts in a sensitive manner.
2. Say "Thank you" when your child does something caring toward you. It is also important that you tell him how his act made you feel.
3. “Movie time" isn't just a great bonding for you and your child. It may also serve as a chance for you to talk about how a character must feel regarding specific scenes.
4. When you come across an upset friend, give him a hug and let your child know why you did it. Kids can learn compassion and respect by watching how you respond to others.