Teaching Kids Kindness

Before I had babies, and even when they were younger, I had preconceived notions of what I would teach them throughout their lives.

I assumed how to walk. And talk. Throw a ball. Read and write.

I assumed we’d practice riding a bike and hitting a baseball.

Later on I’d teach them to drive a car and how to dress for an interview and tip at a restaurant.

Tangible things.

It’s funny now because yes, those things matter. A’s on tests matter. Making the team matters.

But kindness matters too. And as parents, so often we get caught up in the measurable things that we forget about the other parts.

I personally wonder if I would have known just how important kindness is at a young age if I wasn’t living in the world of special needs.

Kids are curious about differences. So teaching and encouraging helps.

Some children walk differently. Some don’t walk at all. Or talk. Some look differently. Some differences are visible. Some are not. But you know what…they are all kids. Amazing kids.

We need to teach the importance of waving to every child. Acknowledging every one. Introducing oneself. Saying ‘hi, my name is [fill in the blank]. What’s yours?’

Sitting by a child who is alone in a room full of kids. Reaching out. Including.

These things matter to me. And when you live in my world you know just how much.

Today I picked Sawyer up from art camp and two instructors told me about my son’s kindness and his willingness to help others.

I was giddy proud. Of course I care about his super cool art project. But I loved the praise he received.

Parents, add kindness, waving, saying hi and inclusion to your list of skills to practice. If we all do…we can change the world.

I promise.

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