By: Raman Singh of Toddler Tales - Developing the Whole Child
As we strolled into the dimly lit animal shelter, R spotted a striped cat lounging in its bed and was immediately drawn to it. She meowed at it as her face and hands were pressed up against the glass divider between the reception area and cat room. This was her first visit to the shelter, but not her first experience with cats. As the staff unlocked the door to the cat room, R gingerly trotted by my side. She promptly slipped in beside the striped cat, which we learned was called Linx, and began stroking his soft fur while quietly whispering "nice". Her memory of interactions with other animals had served her well, as she knew to be nice to her new found friend and to stroke him gently.
By: Jamie Krug of Jamie Krug
While wading through the ocean of paperwork, pictures, photos, artwork ad worksheets sent home in the stuffed Trader Joe’s brown paper bag by my daughter’s teacher on the last day of school, I was trying to figure out the eternal parenting quandary – how much of this stuff do I keep, and how much can I throw out? If I could keep every last piece I would, but in there is limited space and storage in our condo, and unless I’m considering wallpapering our dining room with worksheets on the letter “Q”, some of this stuff had to go.
By: Jackie Lema of Redwing Pond House Preschool
How can a preschool teacher instill a sense of kindness in the classroom? Can a few hours a day, two to five times a week, create a true understanding of the concept? What creates a room full of preschoolers that are truly kind and invested in others happiness and comfort? This has been one of my primary goals every September with each new group of three and four year olds that enter my classroom for the first time.
By: Marnie Craycroft of Carrots Are Orange
Are there Ways to Teach Kindness? I recently read Madeline Levine's book Teach Your Children Well. She poses readers the question: Would you rather your child was smart or good? The question provoked a lot of thought. I don't question or worry about the "smart" part. I have faith they will succeed. I do, however, worry about the "good" part.
By: Rachel Cedar of You Plus 2 Parenting
“Mommy…Mommy….” I could sense his little face close to mine before he even whispered. “Mommy, wake up.” Reluctant to open my eyes on my only sleep-in morning of the week, I pulled the covers over my head in indignation and grumbled something about it being Saturday and to get Daddy if he needed something. “But Mommy…I made you a present…from my heart…” This of course made me rub the sleep out of my eyes and smile in spite of myself. I rolled over to receive his offering.
By: Brianne Manz of Stroller In The City
Teaching your children about kindness and what it actually means is something that I hope to instill within my children, always. My children are at such a young age right now 5, 2, and 1 respectively, but that does not stop me from my daily teaching of how we can be kind and “nice” to others.
By: Chrissy K. - StrongTots Founder
We were driving in the car a few weeks ago and came across roadwork, which required us to stop and wait for direction from a flagger. Once we were given the okay to drive on, I waived at the gentleman directing us as we passed by. My older toddler piped up from the backseat, "Mommy, do you you know that man?" "No," I responded. The next questions was, "Then why did you say hello to him?" This exchange opened an unexpected opportunity for a discussion on how a wave "hello" can also mean "thank you," and why it is important to share our appreciation when someone helps to keep us safe (in this instance it was keeping us safe on the road). I don't always remember to wave at every police officer or road worker we encounter, but I try, and this day I was reminded just how closely my children watch each and every action I make.
Kinder by the Child Project
This unique series of personal stories will take a look at how we teach our children about kindness and why as parents we see the value in leading a life full of generosity and consideration.
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 and design ideas based on our adventures building a home from the ground up.