11 Ways to Ensure Kindness Counts
Have you wondered lately whether kindness has become a lost art especially if you consider the depressing events we watch on the news every day?
Keep in mind though that the Dalai Lama reminds us, “be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” His message is important for us to instill in our children and so lessons of kindness should begin at home. Follow these tips to ensure that kindness counts in your family.
ENSURE KINDNESS COUNTS
TEAMWORK COUNTS: Teach children the importance of teamwork. T.E.A.M stands for TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. Band together and get the job done. When playing team sports, children must understand there is no ‘I’ in TEAM!
EARTH DAY: April 22, 2018, Earth Day, is the perfect day to pitch in and recycle. Children can collect empty bottles, recycle them for money, and donate the profits to a local organization in need.
CELEBRATE THE GOOD: Create a chart and celebrate the positive moments in every day. It’s easy to get bogged down in the negative that is happening around us but celebrating all that is positive is so important.
GIVE THANKS: Thank you, two words that are so simple yet so powerful. Encourage your children to say thank you without even receiving anything. Thank the teachers, coach, lunch aide, mail person, police officers for all their hard work.
TEXT TIME MANNERS: With an increase in technology exposure at an earlier age, parents should introduce children to technology manners. Monitoring social media postings and texts is imperative, and parents must provide continual reminders that the digital world has no room for unkind words.
KINDNESS JARS: Do your children push each other’s buttons on a regular basis? Kindness between siblings should be celebrated. Parents spend so much time refereeing sibling interactions. Turn those moments into positive ones and have your children celebrate the kind acts they do for someone in the family. Record the information on a piece of paper and place it in a kindness jar.
SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS: Smile at someone, and it will be passed along. According to a study conducted in Sweden, when people look at someone who is smiling, their muscles involuntarily form smiles.
COMPLIMENTS: Want to instantly boost your mood and someone else’s? Give a compliment. A Japanese study revealed that when a compliment is received it triggers the same part of the brain as it does when you receive money. Compliments are free, so why not give them?
MINDFUL COMPASSION: Reduce stress and anxiety in children by teaching simple mindful techniques that will help elicit a greater sense of peace and kindness towards others. Looking for some ways to practice mindfulness with your children, visit http://bit.ly/2o3VMMv.
GIVE BACK: Create a sense of belonging and giving back to the community. Volunteer experiences can widen a child’s worldview, teach gratitude, and empathy towards those who are struggling.
CALL A TRUCE: Encourage children to act kindly towards others. But know, mistakes will happen. Help children acknowledge the wrong-doing and call a truce by offering an apology.
Let’s follow Mother Teresa’s words and make sure our children know to, “spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”