This month we will focus on the powerful word; “kindness.”
Kindness refers to the caring words and considerate actions we use to show thoughtfulness and concern for others. Kind people are empathetic. They value other people’s feelings. They help people when they are in need without expecting anything in return. When we use kind words and actions it makes the world a better place to live for everyone.
Kindness is a key part of friendship. It is also a vital social skill that will help children in all types of relationships. Even when very young, children can tell when someone is in need of help and they desire to help that person!
Studies tell us that even young children want to be kind and helpful. One 2015 study published in Developmental Psychology, has shown that children who receive training in the area of kindness become more altruistic and more willing to share with others (Flook et al, 2015). It also strengthens children’s ability to focus.
A longitudinal study detailed in the American Journal of Public Health, tracked children from kindergarten to young adulthood with regard to kindness and success. It found that participants who were positive, helpful and friendly over time — tended to be more successful as adults than those who did well academically but lacked the ability to get along with others (Jones et al, 2015).
As part of “kindness month,” we’d like to encourage our students to generate and act on various ways to show kindness to others. Can they do 10 acts of kindness this month? 100? Random acts of kindness don’t need to take a long time or cost money. When your child thinks to open the door for another person, gives a hug to a friend, follows the family rule, helps clean up or steps up to give an apology to someone s/ he has wronged, s/he is showing kindness!
We must teach our children that while we can talk about kindness and watch movies about kindness– the key to this powerful word is in the actions we take. Challenge your child to do one, two or even three random acts of kindness per day- they add up! Talk about these acts of kindness at touch points during the day such as meal time or bedtime.
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