Sept. 27, 2022

Teaching Kids Kindness

Teaching Kids Kindness

One minute it's sweet, one minute it's sour. No, not your chicken dinner. Your household, when your kid is cuddling with you and then turns on a dime and throws a tantrum. How can we show our kids that kindness is king? (And queen?)

If only it were as simple as singing "Kumbaya" with our kids in a calming circle and sprinkling them with kindness dust to make them sweet, polite angels. You may never receive handmade flower crowns from your toddler, but there are ways to introduce kind thoughts, feelings, and actions into your home.

Molly and Blaire discuss:

  • Why you can't "teach" kindness
  • How kindness begins with our own self-reflection
  • Strategies for bringing more kindness into your home

Here are links to some of the resources mentioned in the episode:

Claire Lerner of Lerner Child Development: "When Kids Act Mean: Why some kids have trouble being kind and what you can do"

From Janet Lansbury's podcast Unruffled: "My Child Is So Mean to Me"

Sarah Aadland for Motherly: "Raising kind kids: 9 daily habits to teach kids kindness"

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