31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 31: Teaching Kindness

Parents often urge their kids to “be nice” or “be kind” to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy. But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too…general.

Young children learn best when given concrete, specific examples and instructions. And so we’ve come up with a list of fifteen tangible ways in which kids (and adults) can practice kindness in daily life

1. Include others in play
2. Include others in conversation
3. Listen
4. Forgive
5. Give the benefit of the doubt
6. Share or take turns
7. Speak well of others
8. Help out, lend a hand
9. Offer a hug
10. Laugh at jokes
11. Say yes to invitations to play or talk
12. Think of others and how you might be able to help them
13. Try not to criticize
14. Give compliments
15. Say thanks and offer appreciation
#schoolasummer

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