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We use the word “kind” in our house on a daily basis.
“Try kindness instead,” when reminding my son there might be a better way to ask his sister if he can have a turn with the toy instead of stomping his feet and yelling at her.
“That was very kind,” whenever a child holds open the door for a stranger.
“Thanks for choosing kindness,” when one sibling hugs the other one when they are upset.
My kids know that we value the kindness trait in this house.
… well… at least I think they do.
Recently, I read an article on Kidsburgh.com where parenting expert Dr. Debi Gilboa, M.D. (Dr. G) shared some statistics about how much we are actually getting through to our kids about how much we value kindness. (Spoiler alert: it might not be as much as you think)
And WOW did it get me thinking about my own approach with my children.Continue reading