Raising Kind Children
Encouraging kindness in children is an important responsibility for all adults who care for children. Kind and caring behavior appears early in life and continues to develop across the life span. As a parent or child care professional you can help children show kindness toward others and experience the positive feelings that grow out of kind and caring behavior.
Children are born with the capacity to act kindly toward others. From birth, childrens behavior indicates their ability to respond kindly and compassionately. However, adults play an important role in whether or not children continue to act in kind and caring ways. If you are warm and supportive, and set reasonable standards of behavior and consistently enforce them, you are more likely to encourage kind and compassionate behavior in children. And, by encouraging children to be kind you will find opportunities to talk about the consequences of their behavior for others and to express appreciation for their kindness.
The following suggestions are ways that you can contribute to the development of kind and caring children:
Remember your children are learning consistently from the words and actions of adults around them.
Also see: XPLOR Guide Sheet gh 6126 - Raising Kind Children