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Education

How to teach kindness to preschoolers

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Kindness. It’s a trait that all people should have that, quite simply, makes the world a better place for everybody. As the guardians, of small children, adults can take the following tips to help teach youngsters to learn kindness.

Here are 4 tips from mindbodygreen.com:

  • Share stories of kindness. There are many wonderful books and stories to share the send powerful message of kindness to children.
  • Smile at people more often. It’s contagious and makes people feel good.
  • Pay people compliments. Like a smile, a compliment makes people feel good.
  • Employ random acts of kindness, something as simple as opening a door for someone, or sharing a toy with another child.

Here are more tips, from brighthorizons.com:

  • Do something nice for their teacher – paint a picture, bring a treat or a coffee.
  • Donate toys that they don’t play with anymore. Explain how it will help children that aren’t as fortunate as they are.
  • Invite all friends to play at school – explain why excluding others isn’t nice.
  • Let a sibling pick the movie they’re going to watch.
  • Draw a picture for a relative and send it to him or her in the mail.
  • Help mom and dad with age-appropriate chores.
  • Teach saying please and thank-you, and tell why it’s important.
  • If you see someone being or doing something nice, point it out to your child.

Everyday Health Group adds the following tips:

  • Introduce empathy. Help kids recognize other people's feelings. If their playmate starts to cry or says "no" while playing, kids should immediately stop what they are doing and ask, "Are you okay?"
  • Preschoolers can help bake cookies for the local fire department or choose toys for an angel tree.

Teaching and preaching kindness work, but setting an example is better.

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