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“How the Child Thinks and the Way the Teacher Reacts” – Kindness-Part 1

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. John Ruskin
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Joseph Joubert

Webster’s dictionary states kindness as a kind act; a friendly feeling; liking

“Kindness improves the Childs’ self-esteem and the school climate” (according to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation which teaches people to be nice to each other). “Whether academically or not, children are given a way to excel through kindness, and excel as they do.” Even for struggling children, they will benefit from spreading “good will.” During difficult or stressful times, taking positive action is empowering to students. And kindness, a uniquely human trait, encourages empathy and helps develop the kind of strong interpersonal skills that children will use their whole lives. Practicing “random” acts of kindness draws children out of their own small network and introduces them to the whole diverse world around them.

Kindness needn’t be big to make a big impression. A little boy who decorates a “thank you” card and tapes it to the underside of the trash bin can make a huge difference in the day of the sanitation workers who do a tough and very necessary job.

Do you know someone who could use a sincere thank you? Have you read a news story about a family who needs new winter coats, or a charity struggling to keep its doors open? A spontaneous smile from a young child or a sincere compliment makes everyone’s day a little brighter. Help children learn to help others.

The child’s viewpoint of how to be a caring child:
Treat people with kindness and generosity. *Children watch us everyday to learn who we are!
Help people in need. *Children do help other children and they can feel your need!
Be sensitive to people’s feelings. *Children are sensitive! Be careful not to talk about the child when they are in your presence!
Never be mean or hurtful. *Children will see your weaknesses. Be alert and honest!
Think about how your actions will affect others. *Children can take advantage of you like maybe when you do not feel good! Always remember – we become caring people by doing caring things!

How about an example of kindness from you so I can list them next week??

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