Young children are learning something new every day. It’s amazing to watch how quickly they grow and develop. And, while they are learning skills like how to count, sing the alphabet, and write their name, it’s important that we teach them other non-tangible skills like how to be kind to others. 

Teaching your child the importance of being kind early on can help them to become a caring and considerate person for the rest of their lives. In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss a few ways that you can help your child learn the importance of being kind. Continue reading to learn more and if you are in need of a quality, education-based preschool or daycare center in Chicago or Evanston, look no further than Toddler Town Daycare. Schedule a tour today of one of our child care facilities. 

Teach Perspective

When children can understand how it feels to be in another’s shoes, they will be more likely to be kind and think about how their actions will affect other people before they act. Children can be impulsive, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t teach them to think before they act, to reflect on how their actions affect others, and how they would feel if someone said or did something similar to them. Teaching your child to see things from another’s perspective will help them be kind throughout their entire lives. 

Lead by Example

Children imitate the adults around them, so if you want your child to be kind, you must set a good example for them. Doing things as simple as thanking the cashier at the grocery store and holding the door open for the person entering behind you can help your child see the value in being kind. Being a parent can be stressful at times, but leading by example is one of the most important things that we can do. 

Teach Manners

Another way that you can teach your preschooler the importance of being kind is by teaching them manners. Teaching your child to say “please,” “thank you,” and “your welcome” can go a long way into becoming a kind person. Ensuring that you always practice manners in front of your child will help reinforce how important it is. 

Talk to Them About Bullying

Bullying is a real problem among children. And, many times, once one child begins bullying, their friends will fall in line and exhibit similar behavior. It’s very easy for children to pick up this type of behavior from others. When children don’t understand how their actions affect others, bullying can become an issue. Children can sometimes fall into those behavior patterns to avoid becoming victims as well. Talking to your child about bullying and how to be inclusive and caring can go a long way to teaching them the importance of being kind. 

Encourage Kind Habits

Another way to teach your children to be kind is to show them how it feels to do a good act. You could participate in a volunteering activity, donate an old toy to a child in need, or simply bring in a present for their teacher. When your child experiences the good feeling that comes along with doing a kind act, they may even decide to begin to do kind acts all on their own. 

Chicago and Evanston Daycare and Preschool

Daycare and preschool can be a fantastic way to encourage both social and academic development for your child. At Toddler Town Daycare, we provide a safe and warm environment where your child is encouraged to explore, learn, develop, and interact with both their environment and their peers. 

If you are searching for a quality, education-based preschool in Chicago or Evanston, it’s time to consider Toddler Town Daycare. Contact our staff today and schedule a tour of one of our child care facilities.