This post is sponsored by La Petite Academy. All content is my own.
Are you trying to find new ways to teach your children kindness?
It’s always great to reinforce kindness in our children while at home and away from home. This is an important lesson to be learned that our kids can carry with them through life as they become kind adults.
Since I think that talking and creating meaningful conversation with your kids is so important I thought I would share some ways that you can teach your children kindness through conversation!
How Kids Learn Kindness Through Conversation
Teaching Kindness at Home
Isn’t it amazing how much our children learn when having conversations with us at home?
Gathered around the dinner table or chatting one on one after school. Don’t forget to ask your child important questions about situations they may have encountered that day and how they handled them.
Many times my son has opened up to me during these conversations about kids at school who were bullying others or talking in an impolite way.
Having these conversations with your kids allows you to reinforce the message of kindness, letting them know they are doing the right thing.
I’m happy to say that in each of these instances I was very impressed with how he handled himself, either sticking up for the person being teased or walking away from the conversation. At 8 years old that has to take a lot of maturity from him.
Having these conversations with him allowed me the opportunity to reinforce that message of kindness and let him know that he was doing the right thing in those moments. I would like to think that in the future these conversations would resonate with him, so he might make the right decisions again and again.
Traveling or away from home? There are plenty of opportunities to teach kindness here too!
Don’t miss opportunities to teach kindness away from home. There are real life situations that you experience with your kids every day that can serve as wonderful conversation starters about kindness.
Have you ever experienced rude customer service at the store with your kids or seen someone being treated unfairly?
If you noticed, chances are your kids did as well. Talk with them and ask them questions about these situations. How could they have been handled in a kinder way? What can they do to make sure they don’t treat people unkindly in the future?
These are powerful discussions because you are talking about things that happen in the moment. Having these open conversations with your kids is really important in driving home the concept of being kind to others.
Conversation Starters and Activities
Sometimes it’s hard to start conversations with our kids and let’s face it, sometimes our kids don’t always want to open up and talk.
La Petite Academy is currently promoting the season of kindness. It’s all about communicating with your children and teaching them fun ways to give back and be kind to others.
They have put together a great packet of conversation starters and activities to spread kindness in just about any situation. Whether you are on the road, watching a movie, or cooking with your kids there are always conversations to be had that can lead to ideas of ways you and your children can spread kindness to others.
Your children have the “gift of gab”! They love to talk and want to talk with you, so I challenge you to get started this week by taking some of the conversation starters and ideas in this packet to help your children learn about kindness and how they can spread it beyond themselves.
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How do you start conversations about kindness with your kids? How does your family get involved in spreading kindness to others? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!