Kindness comes from the heart and at Choosy Kids, we promote keeping your heart healthy. It doesn’t always have to happen through nutrition and exercise, but sometimes just a good deed can fill your heart. I’d like to tell you a story that a fellow Choosy Kid colleague, Lindsay, shared on her blog in June of 2014 as it relates to kindness. Enjoy!
By: Stephanie of Sharing A to Z
Do you show kindness each day? I know sometimes it can be hard. So, I’d love to share some things that help me remember to show kindness and compassion towards others. Hopefully, they will help you, too.
By: Nicole Chick of Early Literacy Labs
To think about how I teach my children to be kind was a little overwhelming at first. I am a work-at-home mom to four-year old twins. I thought to myself, “Well, of course I try to model kindness all day long. If they are having a problem, I model the best way to solve it. I try to be a kind, patient, mama and through that effort, they must understand what it means to be kind. “ Then I thought, but I must do things explicitly that teach my child how to be kind on a daily basis. I then thought of two simple rituals I strive to do everyday for my children to instill in them that they matter, are important and that they are loved. These are things a person would do for anyone they cared for and were striving to be kind to
by: Lindi Mogale of A Well Heeled Woman
Recently in writing about what worried me the most in relation to motherhood, these were the words I wrote: “I don’t worry about my children being poor, I worry about the world being kind to them, I worry that they must not carry the burden of the judgment of others through their lives, I worry that they will be safe and sound and that they will have an opportunity to follow their passion and have a fulfilling life”.
By: Julie Smith of Dance, Sing, and Drink Wine
Before my first child was even old enough to speak, I once told a friend that if people ever said anything about my kids, I wanted them to say how polite they were. It was important to me that my kids be kind and empathetic to those around them.
By: Angela Jones of Popsiculture
I come from a line of strong willed, yet kind and compassionate women. Kindness was something that was always instilled in me and I like to think I won the lottery in that department. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always have good days and there are some people who seem to garner a negative response in me, as is the case with all of us. It’s hard to be kind to those people, but I often think those are the people who need our kindness the most.
By: Janine Halloran of Encourage Play
Kindness is key in making good human beings. When I think about how I want my children to be as adults, the one value that I always come back to is that I want them to be kind. I want them to be kind to each other, and to other people. I want them to have compassion for others. I want them to treat others as they would want to be treated. I want them to do this not because they expect something in return or want praise but rather because it’s the right thing to do.
By: Raman Singh of Toddler Tales - Developing the Whole Child
As we strolled into the dimly lit animal shelter, R spotted a striped cat lounging in its bed and was immediately drawn to it. She meowed at it as her face and hands were pressed up against the glass divider between the reception area and cat room. This was her first visit to the shelter, but not her first experience with cats. As the staff unlocked the door to the cat room, R gingerly trotted by my side. She promptly slipped in beside the striped cat, which we learned was called Linx, and began stroking his soft fur while quietly whispering "nice". Her memory of interactions with other animals had served her well, as she knew to be nice to her new found friend and to stroke him gently.
By: Jamie Krug of Jamie Krug
While wading through the ocean of paperwork, pictures, photos, artwork ad worksheets sent home in the stuffed Trader Joe’s brown paper bag by my daughter’s teacher on the last day of school, I was trying to figure out the eternal parenting quandary – how much of this stuff do I keep, and how much can I throw out? If I could keep every last piece I would, but in there is limited space and storage in our condo, and unless I’m considering wallpapering our dining room with worksheets on the letter “Q”, some of this stuff had to go.
By: Jackie Lema of Redwing Pond House Preschool
How can a preschool teacher instill a sense of kindness in the classroom? Can a few hours a day, two to five times a week, create a true understanding of the concept? What creates a room full of preschoolers that are truly kind and invested in others happiness and comfort? This has been one of my primary goals every September with each new group of three and four year olds that enter my classroom for the first time.
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Chrissy K. is the mother of two energetic boys, her younger having a number of severe food allergies. A passionate educator and parenting coach, Chrissy is living her dream by finding inspiration in the little moments each and every day.