I am loving this new blogging journey so much! Not only because I love to write, but also because I am meeting so many others on the same journey. Many of these women are young moms. Yes, that part of my life has passed, but isn’t it still our responsibility to encourage the next generation? Not only in this crazy year of 2020, but always because it is important that we raise good humans!
I recently have read several other blogs about ideas for raising kids who are kind to others. I especially loved this post by “Simply Snapping” that is cleverly titled, “Raising Kids Who Aren’t Jerks!” Catchy isn’t it? Read this great idea which includes a great interactive calendar for kids! She walks through daily ideas of how to help kids focus on kindess. A wonderful interactive calendar for kids is also included for you to print off and have your children follow along with to promote kindness in various ways….clever!!!
Teaching kids to be kind gets tricky when they are with a group of friends. They know how they should act, but peer pressure kicks in. If we teach our children that it is brave to be kind, it can make them feel better about their choices. Everyone likes to feel brave!
It’s Brave to Be Kind by Natasha Daniels~
There are a lot of wonderful books out there to help reinforce kindness in our children. This inspirational book includes a story as well as activites! Click here to get your copy of “It’s Brave to Be Kind”. As we all know, this is a year with a lot of hatred being spewed everywhere we look. It seems to be especially important in these times to help our children understand how important empathy and friendliness are. These are the things I love about this book:
- The character is a little girl who meets someone different from her and learns to be kind, even when others aren’t.
- Activities are included to reinforce how to be kind to others
- Tips are provided to use both the story and activities to learn skills of kindness and empathy
Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler
Another great book that helps kids understand that they really can make a difference! Mrs. Ruler challenges each student to complete five acts of kindness. It takes some time for some of the students to join in, but soon the entire class is filling the bulletin board with all of their good deeds. Whether doing helpful tasks within their own homes or reaching outside of the home to help those in need, the kids quickly learn that each deed makes the world a better place! Get your copy of this wonderful book here!
These are just a couple of the books I like among the many, many options out there. I believe we need to make a concentrated effort to continue to reinforce these ideas to our children from an early age. In fact, with our current situation in the world creating more depression, sadness and anger, I am focusing on it even more than normal. I have created a new Pinterest board named Raising Good Humans that I will be continually adding to as I see more great ideas. I hope you will check them out. Click here for more ideas on spreading kindness one step at a time!
As Ellen always says, “Be kind to one another!” Hugs to all!