Today is World Kindness Day, a day to celebrate the goodness in all of us by encouraging people to be kind to each other. Here at Liberty Tutoring, we pride ourselves in supporting parents to realize a bright future for their children, because a bright future is a happy future. So where does kindness fit into the equation? Research has shown there is a positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness, so that one encourages the other. Happy people act with kindness, and being kind makes people happy. As humans, we are social beings - our happiness is linked to the good relations we have with others. But we can’t simply expect kids to be kind. We have to teach it! Teaching empathy and kindness is key for children to grow up as good adults, and can be a tool in overcoming some of the obstacles they face in reaching success. There are lots of free resources available online to help teach kids about important Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills like caring, compassion, self-care, helpfulness, responsibility, respect, and more. Random Acts of Kindness has games, books and activities that you can explore with your kids at home, and even lesson plans and other classroom tools for teachers in the classroom. Start a conversation with your child’s teacher about creating a culture of kindness at home and at school - the school your children attend may even have a “Kind Kids” club, or an “Acts of Random Kindness” club, where kindness inspires kindness.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
As with any other subject kids are learning, the ideal outcome is possible when students take on an active role in their own education. World Kindness Day can be day #1 in a year long family project to practice kindness with each other, talking about and exemplifying empathy, modesty, patience, generosity, respect, loyalty, trustworthiness, and gratitude, every day of the year.
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