by: Lindi Mogale of A Well Heeled Woman
Recently in writing about what worried me the most in relation to motherhood, these were the words I wrote: “I don’t worry about my children being poor, I worry about the world being kind to them, I worry that they must not carry the burden of the judgment of others through their lives, I worry that they will be safe and sound and that they will have an opportunity to follow their passion and have a fulfilling life”.
Even now, these words are still true, even though the world we live in, is oftentimes far more cruel than it is kind, and even young children somehow have learned the power that comes with cruelty. With all of this in mind, I still believe that we, as their parents, can influence our children to actively choose kindness.
Just to set the scene, we have two wonderful, fun, gorgeous, intelligent boys. TheHeir is 9 years old, and his brother TheSpare, will turn two years old in a month’s time. My kids have their own challenges, one has ADHD and struggles with impulsive behavior; our younger son has a congenital facial paralysis, which impacts one side of his face. It is hard enough to be a child, with all the expectations that the world heaps on you, but to be a child with a difference, now that, takes the difficulty to the next level.
With all that being said, I believe that you need to bring into the world what you want to receive. So, I strive to teach kindness to my children, but also to model in my own behavior what kindness looks like. Here are a few ways I would like to share with you:
KINDNESS AT HOME
KINDNESS AT SCHOOL
KINDNESS THROUGH GIVING
These are just a few suggestions that we have tried; hopefully, these will inspire you to find practical ways of modeling kindness to your children. We have personally seen the results especially with TheHeir; TheSpare on the other hand, is a work in progress, so we will continue to be kind to him until he turns three.
About the Author...
Lindi Mogale, lives in the beautiful country of South Africa, is a change manager and blogger, who loves being a mom, fashion, reading and travel. You can find her writing and learn more about her on her site, A Well Heeled Woman.
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.
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