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Teaching Kindness and Consideration

Kindness and consideration  is a key value many parents wish to instil in their children from a young age. Teaching children to be kind and show concern and appreciation for others is inevitably difficult with so many external influences. There are of course a number of strategies you can use to try and help your child develop a kind and caring persona.

 

  • Praise your child and show appreciation for their kindness if they offer to help you with a chore or small job. This will show them acts of kindness are valued and appreciated by others and encourage them to do similar helpful things in the future

  • Avoid allowing your children to put each other down and make sure they learn this is unacceptable and that you expect kindness and care to be shown between them. It is important that the home environment has the right values and expectations as the starting point.

  • Try to subtly encourage your child to display kind actions when appropriate, but strike a good balance and do not pressurise your child.

  • Aim to try and catch your child doing something kind and considerate; then praise them and explain why you liked their action. By praising your child for acts of kindness they will be more likely to have the desire to repeat such behaviours. .

  • Give your child the responsibility for their own actions, choices and behaviour.  As a parent you are there to encourage kind and considerate actions but do not continually pressurise a child. Instead offer suggestions that they may like to take on board. Forcing your child to 'be kind' will only build up resentment and a lack of natural consideration and care for others.

  • Read stories and share books with your child about the importance of Being Kind and helpful to others.

  • Model kindness in your life and relationships. Your child will take note of this and is more likely to implement positive actions in their life. Being a good role model is perhaps the most powerful strategy.

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