How To Raise A Kid To Be Kind

Last Revised on November 25, 2007

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Here is your chance to set up a good example for your kids. Your kids look upto you. You want your kid to be kind, you have to act kid yourself first. Here are the ways:

Do something that’s above and beyond the call of duty: If your neighbors have lost a pet, try to call them and ask whether they’ve found their pet. If they haven’t, you and your child can offer to hang up more sign boards and keep an eye out.

Give Compliments: Complimenting a stranger on wearing a great sweater, saying “good morning” to a new neighbor, and thanks to the pizza delivery guy are some of the good ways. These simple compliments will help boost up your kid’s expression of appreciation of other people thought out their day life.

Do Unto Others: Let your kids do nice things to other people the same that your kid’s want other people to him. Here is a great example: try to see if you can send your child out to get the mail from the mail carrier on the sidewalk before he or she has to climb your steps.

Recycle: Teach what global warming is and its effects and solutions. Let your child collect and take empty cans and bottles to a recycling center. Make your kid feel good and a responsible person.

Be Good To Your Neighbor: Look at everyday as a day full of an opportunity to get involved into kindness. Inspire your kids to find ways to make their corner of the world a brighter place to live by having feeling for other people.

Born to Help: You have to always feel very happy to help. When people ask you “would you please help me with this? I really need help”, you can reply “Sure.” Your kid will learn that you really like to help and your kid will follow the same pathway.

Be a Team Player: When a friend gets sick or a local family falls on hard times, grown-ups know what to do. They send flowers, bake casseroles, and pass the collection plate at church. Get your kids involved in these projects. Ask them what they’d like to do to help out, or suggest arranging the bouquet, layering noodles in the lasagna pan, or collecting cans of food.

Perform small acts of kindness: I have a friend who’d had breast cancer. I asked her, “What was the nicest thing anyone did for you when you were sick?” She told me that the mother of one of her daughter’s friends packed lunches for her little girl for the entire month after the surgery. This simple gesture meant my friend could take the time to recuperate minus one daily chore. Plus, her daughter enjoyed some new tasty treats in her lunch box.

Share the wealth. Teach your kids to see the abundance all around them and to think of people to share it with. When your rosebush explodes in bloom, invite your child to snip a few buds and take them to her teachers. Is his shelf overflowing with books? Suggest he donate a box to the library or a local family shelter. Package up leftover soup or cinnamon rolls, and take them to an elderly neighbor.

Public Propery as Your Own. Even if something drops by mistake, make a point to pick it up right away. And if you see an old newspaper or a used coffee cup left on a park bench, pick it up and throw it away. Act like as if public property is your own property, so you need to take care of it.

Look on the Bright Side: Cut out newspaper articles about student groups who volunteered to build homes or collect clothes after a natural disaster. This makes your kids feel better about the world they live in and also gets them thinking creatively about ways they can make a difference.

Don’t criticize their efforts: Yes, you can get the wet towels off the floor faster, sort the laundry better, and pour the milk without spilling it, but if you take over (or critique too much) it leaves your little helpers feeling inept, unskilled — and less likely to offer their services again. If you’re impatient, you can turn a teachable moment into a missed opportunity.

Cheer up a stranger: If you see that your neighbor’s newspaper is always getting soaked by the sprinklers, toss it onto her porch. If the guy who drives your bus has been gone for a few days, ask him how he’s feeling when he returns. Is a friend sad? Give her a hug. Teaching your kids to notice what’s going on in the lives of folks in their own backyard fosters empathy and can inspire them to become keen helpers.

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