If you follow my blog, you know that kindness both online and offline, is very important to me. When my now-adult kids were growing up, one of my greatest wishes was that my kids would be nice, would be kind. Of course, I wanted my kids to be successful, too, but I placed kindness in the number one position.
And I’m glad I did. People have often commented on how nice my kids are, on what great role models they are. That may not have been the case if my husband and I hadn’t emphasized character above achievement. Especially when our kids were competitive figure skaters, it would have been easy to emphasize the importance of winning
Sadly, I’ve seen families where winning at all costs was the goal. And often, the kids weren’t nice. In fact, they were sometimes bullies. No matter how much success they achieved, I always felt bad for them. And I felt bad that they missed out on the amazing character lessons that can be learned through involvement in a sport.
Resources for Teaching Kids to Be Kind
I have many posts about character education for kids that emphasize kindness. Here are my main posts about teaching kids to be kind. The posts have lots of helpful resources:
Free Grace and Courtesy Printable – Manners Matching Cards (at Living Montessori Now to go with my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy)
Kindness Word Art Freebies
“Golden Rule” Word Art Freebie (“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”)
Kindness Word Art Freebie (based on the J.M. Barrie quote “Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”)
“It’s Nice” Word Art Freebie (based on the quote “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”)
“Practice Random Kindness” Word-Art Freebie (based on the quote by Anne Herbert: “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”)
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