When was the last time you helped your child learn about kindness? Maybe it was on the playground or while playing with a sibling at home? As parents we relish in the idea that our most precious beings will grow into caring individuals. We hope our modeling will demonstrate ideal behaviors and set a standard for how others should be treated. Yet, how do we actually teach kindness? And, how do we go about instilling a life-long understanding of what it means to be kind to others?
Research tells us that abstract thinking does not begin to develop until about the age of five or six; however, we can help teach abstract concepts, such as kindness, to our toddlers by modeling the behavior(s) and making the notion more concrete with tangible examples. In thinking about kindness we are looking at fostering friendly, generous, and considerate character traits. What does that mean for a toddler?
Kindness is not a simple topic to explore with our children. Beginning in June we will feature a unique series of personal stories that will explore how we teach our children about kindness and why as parents we see the value in leading a life full of generosity and consideration. Each family has a personal story to tell as they navigate this journey and it is our goal to foster a community where parents can learn from one another.
We have some wonderful writers and bloggers lined up to share their story and we couldn't be more excited about this project! If you would like to learn more about Kinder by the Child or would like to nominate a contributor for the project please write to email@example.com.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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