While it is important to ensure your child learns how to read and write, and is happy and healthy, it is also vital that they learn to be kind to others around them.
Here are five ways to ensure your child grows up to be a kind person
Be kind yourself
Make sure you model kindness yourself so that your child will see you doing and acting appropriately by going out of your way to help others or sacrificing something for your child
Show kindness to others
Make sure your child sees you showing kindness to others. You are your child’s biggest role model so always be kind to them and others that you come into contact with. This means being polite and mannerly to servers, saying thank you when someone holds the door open or helping a person with a buggy.
Write thank you notes
Make a deal about writing thank you notes to people who give you gifts or help you in some way and make sure your kids do the same. Getting into the habit of saying thank you teaches your child to be grateful and appreciative and is something that will hold true to your youngster as they grow up.
Praise them for being kind
When you see your child doing something nice or being kind to others make sure you give them plenty of praise. Kids thrive off rewards and positive attention and the more you praise them for being kind them more they will do it.
Talk about being kind
Your child might struggle to understand what being kind means so sit down and talk about how simple acts like getting a sibling a book from a place they can’t reach, sharing sweets with friends, saying please and thank you and even smiling at someone are acts of kindness.