Check out these ways to raise kind kids plus grab the free Kindness Bingo printable!
Looking for ways to raise kind kids? Teaching our kids kindness starts right in our homes. We, as parents, are the ones who guide and train our kids to have compassion, empathy and be kind.
There are countless ways to teach our kids to be kind! It just takes some intentional parenting.
Download the free Kindness Bingo Card here! There is a pre-filled-out card and an empty one if you want to fill it out yourself!
Ways to Raise Kind Kids
(1) Teach the basic rule: treat others how you want to be treated.
The golden rule stands true to this day. Explain this to your child. Often I will say, “How would you want to be treated?” When we focus on treating others with love and respect, it becomes a natural inclination.
(2) Talk about emotions.
Take time to talk to your kids about different emotions. If they see a child crying, ask them, “How do you think they feel?” As you read books, stop on certain pages and ask your child how they think the character in the book is feeling. Teaching our kids to be aware of emotions is so helpful.
(3) Use pretend play to act it out.
We love to talk about different scenarios with our kids. This was especially helpful when they were younger and we would be focusing on playing nicely. We would act out the wrong way and then the right way.
(4) Involve your kids in acts of kindness.
Kids can do so many things! We often overlook the good that they can do and think they are too young. If you are delivering someone a meal, bring them with you. Pick up trash together. Encourage them to hold the door open for others. These little things go a long way.
You can grab this free printable Kindness Bingo to use with your kids! Have fun as a family. You could have a fun reward for when your family gets bingo!
(5) Model kindness to your kids.
Our kids are watching us and picking up on more than we know. When I worked in a school, it was so interesting to observe how the kids talked. You could easily tell what the home life was like or what they had been exposed to. As parents, we can simply be kind to others and in doing this, we are teaching our kids that we treat others with love and respect.
(6) Teach your kids the power of our words.
Our words have the power to build up or tear down. We can teach our kids to be careful with the words they use. If they use unkind words, ask them to try saying that again in a nicer way. Talk about what kind words are and what unkind words are.
(7) Stay consistent.
As with all parenting, we must stay consistent. Kids, just like us, are not perfect. There will be struggles. There will be times their human nature shows unkindness, but we can remain consistent and encourage our kids to be kind.
These ways to raise kind kids are a great starting point for all parents!
You may wonder how you can possibly make a difference in this world, but each of us can and it starts right in our homes! Don’t forget to download the Kindness Bingo Card for family fun! Jaclyn is sharing great ideas too, so make sure to head to her blog to read more!