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April 2017 – Practice Kindness – Harbor House Preschool & Kindergarten

April 2017 - Practice Kindness

March 29, 2017

Unkind behavior in children is seen in our classrooms much more today.  We see unkind words and actions, lack of sharing, unhealthy competitiveness and many behaviors that say “Me First.”

Kindness needs to be modeled and practiced in the home as much as other skills.  Young children should be grounded in good behavior skills and kind interaction.

Practice manners at home.  We’ve talked about this before.  A please or thank you is so rare in this “Gimmee now” society.  Model good manners for your child even before they can speak. 

Show your child what empathy is.  We must be in tune to the feelings of others.  One CEO said that the most important characteristic he looks for in management hiring is empathy. We cannot hurt other’s feelings or worse yet physically hurt someone without realizing how that person feels.  The Golden Rule exists in every religion and culture—Do unto others what you would want for yourself.

Demonstrate kindness.   Get involved in community projects.  Collect toys for the needy.  Gather cans for the food bank or buy dog food for the animal shelters.  Kind works are a hallmark of kind people.  Get your child involved in a little project a few times a year.  Do kind things for people who put their lives on the line for us each day—the veterans, the fire fighters, and the police.  Take donuts or bake cookies and take them to a fire station.  Gather items for those in veteran’s homes.

Practice smiling and saying kind things as a model for your child.  Show your child the joy that comes from you saying, “have a nice day” or “I really like your dress.”   These kind phrases make others feel good.

Practice patience.  Allow yourself enough time so you are not always rushing your child and losing patience.  Help your child stay on task with little prompts.  Show patience in store lines and when driving.  I remember saying a profane word when I was cut off in traffic—my son repeated that line for months.  “Is that man a ——- , Mommy?” What a great influence I was. Don’t satisfy every need immediately.  Waiting is a good thing.  People who learn patience save more money and have higher educations.  They are willing to do without to have later.

We cannot expect a child to wait for a drink or share toys if every need is met immediately.

Speak kindly about others in your child’s presence.

For a kind world, you must be a leader.  Practice kindness every day.

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