Today is World Kindness Day. It’s a global day dedicated to promoting the importance of being kind to each other, yourself, and to the world. Kindness is an important and unifying human principle. It is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It comes in many, many forms, and it is our job as parents to teach our children kindness.
I believe kindness can be both learned and taught. Learning kindness comes from watching the people around you – friends, family, everyone. It comes from seeing others show kindness and learning to show that same kindness yourself. Taught kindness comes from those around you teaching kindness, showing kindness, and teaching why it’s important. Both can are done by leading by example and showing kindness. I however, believe that teaching kindness is the best way we can make this world a better place and fill it with kindness.
Children are like sponges. Always absorbing everything around them. Learning to do the thing they see others do. The changes in tones of voices. Seeing what makes people smile or frown. They are constantly taking in what they are seeing and projecting that back out into the world. This is why teaching children kindness is so important. They will project it back into the world. The world needs more kindness. Children are the future. if we want a better future we need to first start with our children. Teaching kindness is just the first step.
When it came to teaching my children kindness, it wasn’t something I took lightly. I didn’t just want to teach them kindness, I wanted it to stick. To be something that just became second nature to them. I started by showing them kindness and leading by example. Letting them see what kindness looks like and teaching them what it is. Showing them all the ways they can show kindness. Teaching them why it’s important. It’s not always easy to be kind all the time, like when someone pulls out in front of you while driving. It is too easy to get mad and yell. You have to remember though, that little eyes are watching and little ears are listening.
Showing kindness comes in many forms. Holding the door open for someone. Helping someone with their bags. Helping someone cross the street. Making a phone call to check in on a friend. Helping someone fix their car. Buying coffee for the person behind you. Sending a birthday card in the mail. Sharing a smile to brighten someone’s day. Asking someone about their day. Listening to someone when they need a friend. Giving a hug. Kindness shows it’s face in many ways and it’s the easiest way to make someone’s day in a big way, small way, and everything inbetween.
Kindness matters more than you know. It can be the make or break point in someone’s day. Remember that you can’t always see what someone else is going through, the struggles they are facing. Your kindness will go a long way. The best part about kindness is it’s free. It literally costs nothing to be kind to others. Teach your children kindness. Make this world a better place for the future and our children’s future.