Be kind. Love. These three words sit as a reminder on my kitchen window sill. Kindness is the answer to mending fences, healing hurt emotions, and diffusing unfriendly skirmishes. Kindness will help calm anger, anxiety, and encourage others as they go the distance through life’s hurts.
Being kind makes a difference and paves the way to a loving life. And isn’t that the type of life we want for our children? You can start today with these three ideas for how to raise kind kids.
Start with your people.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop
Showing kindness to your children teaches them to be kind to others. Encourage your children to be kind to their siblings, and to you too! And, since their lessons of kindness begin with you, take a look at these 5 Ways to Be a Kind Mom.
Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams
The Golden Rule teaches us to treat others as you would treat yourself. Kindness moves towards people—even those who have hurt you—and helps you to forget the past which only keeps you stuck. When you freely allow kind thoughts in your mind, your decisions and actions will follow suit. You’re raising the moral standard for a lifestyle of advancing love, creating a ripple effect for the well-being of others, without the expectation of anything in return. Once you choose to give grace and kindness with no exception or expectation, it changes your perspective of God’s grace and frees you up to give grace to replace or fend off those hurts that are hurled at you.
Mark Twain said it best, Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Daily our worlds clash with anger from crisis in war to neighborhood bullies. By choosing kindness as your feelings filter, you can diffuse the hottest situation with empathy. Teach your kids to walk a mile in another’s shoes. Until we know how another got to where they are, you won’t understand who they are. We all have a story that we are walking in and out of! Kindness bridges the gap between sympathy and empathy. In choosing kindness, it then permits you to spread it liberally into every part of your life.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. – Amelia Earhart.
As a parent, you want to teach kindness to your kids by setting an example inside and outside our homes. Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Perhaps we can go a step further: Be the kind change you wish to see for a kinder world.
What’s your key for teaching your children kindness?
Janelle Keith loves lattes, good laughs, and lives to notice the good in others. She is the author of Grace for Your Waist, her story of losing 132 lbs. of weight.