Although we express love to our children through hugs and everyday moments, sometimes it’s more difficult to define what it really means to be compassionate and kind.
Here are a few ideas on how we can teach kids about love and active ways they can show compassion and kindness to others.
5 Ways to Teach Kids to Love Others:
1. Create It
Spend an afternoon creating friendship bracelets, writing letters to loved ones, making get well cards for those who are sick, or encouraging cards for others feeling blue.
Take the opportunity to celebrate those who will receive these surprises and prompt discussion on how even the smallest of kind gestures can help others feel appreciated and loved.
2. Bake It
Do you have an awesome auto mechanic, reliable mailman, or friendly school crossing guard you appreciate? Share your gratitude for their service with a sweet surprise.
Work alongside your child in the kitchen to bake cookies or other sweet treats for community helpers. Allow your child to help package and address the treats with a friendly note, and spend a couple of hours delivering the baked goodies around your town.
3. Collect It
Collect needed supplies for your local animal shelter, toys for a children’s hospital, or blankets for the homeless.
Spend some time talking about how it feels to show compassion to others as well as how we feel when we’re shown compassion by someone else.
4. Serve It
There are plenty of free programs who need an extra hand. Call around town and find a couple of places in your area that are kid-friendly where you and your child can volunteer together.
Retirement homes, food banks, and dog shelters are just a few of the many places who are always on the lookout for short visits and a few extra hours of help.
It’s amazing just how many opportunities we have to demonstrate compassion and kindness through everyday moments.
The more ways we teach our kids to love others, the more their love for others will grow.
Thanks Mitzi, for this wonderful post. It brings a very positive message to our readers.
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