It's sad to think that we live in such a time of bullying and violence. We've all seen it in the news lately - I'm not going to revisit it. There are a lot of "movements" happening to raise awareness of bullying and teaching tolerance. One such movement is Love is Louder, led by celeb Brittany Snow.
While these actions to raise awareness are a great start, there is really no better place to start than in your own home, teaching your children how to be kind to others.
K is for Kindness
Sometimes it's easy to forget that our children see virtually everything to do. Set a good example for them to model, of being kind to others.
Do Something Nice For Others
One of the best ways to talk to children about kindness is to help them understand how fortunate they are. I'm sure you heard the phrase "there are starving children in [insert impoverished country that comes to mind]." Well... just saying that doesn't help. All it's left me with in fact is a lifelong guilt trip about finishing my dinner. Talk to your kids about how some kids don't get to ever have nice things, like toys or ice cream. Ask your child how they would feel if they didn't have any toys, or if they didn't have a stuffed animal to sleep with at night. Once they can relate, they can much better undertand kindness.
For other ways to celebrate being kind with your child, please visit HelpOthers.org.