Teaching Kindness.... any ideas?
Kindness, Respect, Compassion and Communication are HUGE for me. When I think of what I want my Zoe to learn during her preschool years this is what comes up again and again. A few recent events have once again brought me to thinking about ways of teaching kindness.
I am clear that the best way to teach is by example. I try, Honestly I do. But sometimes I get so frustrated with her! ! ("FOR GOODNESS SAKE BE KIND!!!!!!") I need help. Help to change my patterns and help in the form of stories or familt activities. These are books that look interesting..... has anyone read them. Any recommendations?
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson (Author), Fumi Kosaka (Illustrator)
One Smile by Cindy McKinley (Author), Mary Gregg Byrne
Small Acts of Kindness by James Vollbracht (Author), Christopher Fay (Illustrator)
What about parenting books, recommendations?
I have been thinking about little ongoing activities to highlight kindness in our daily lifeand to encourage a better understanding of the practice of kindness?
Perhaps a kindness scarf? Everytime I see her being kind or am told about an act of kindness she can choose a patch of fabric to sew on her scarf. Then when it is ready to wear she will be wrapped in kindness. Another idea is keeping an ongoing list/journal of acts of kindness and at bedtime sharing one we did and received.
and of course I will commit toleading a better example (and getting more sleep)