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Teaching Kids Kindness Through Play

Beyond just reading, writing, and math one of the most important skills my hubby and I want to teach our kids is kindness & respect. Teaching kindness to kids through play is a great way to capitalize on what comes naturally to children, while bringing joy to others. And, while many adults won’t think of play as kindness towards others, that’s exactly what it is.

Bringing joy to others is a form of service — so play is a child’s most natural act of service and kindness towards others.

When children play, they feel good about themselves. When they play with others, they build essential relationships. Teach them to play, encourage them to love one another and be inclusive, and then set up opportunities to serve others with love and kindness through play.

Here are some tips to encourage your kiddos kindness through play:

  • Teach your preschoolers to take turns choosing games when they play with a friend. Encourage them to let their friends choose first.

  • Check with a local hospital and see if they have a rolling toy cart or game program. If they don’t, do that as a service project with your kids- gather toys to donate. If they do, make time to take your kids in to volunteer to play with children who are bedridden.

  • Have your bigger kids play simple music instruments with younger siblings, friends, or have them volunteer in a preschool class.

  • The next time you go to a park or playground, challenge your bigger kids to find one kid {big or small} that looks like they could use a friend, and to introduce him/herself and play with them. Or have them push younger children on a swing, or play with a toddler so his mom can take a few minutes to sit down.

  • Bring games to a nursing home to play with patients.

Photos of the Disirey Family

Saint Charles, MO, US

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