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Are we all born Kind?

November 1, 2017
teaching kindness to kids

In a world full of hatred and criticism, teaching kindness to Kids is a must for the World to be a better place to live.

But have you ever thought, Are we all born Kind?

I think Kindness is a skill that needs to be taught, just like any other skill.

 

It does not come naturally to all. Does it?

 

My Toddler does not love sharing things, which I don’t find awkward as most Kids of his age are like that only.

But at this tender age, Kids can be molded as easily as clay.

 

I was the same when I was a Kid. I hated to share not only the things but the love of my Mother too.

I felt jealous of my own Brother but with time, things had changed and I appreciate the presence of Kindness in my Life. Like every Mother, my Mother always taught me to share, to be kind and to be generous to every human being.

 

I was amazed the other day when I bought two candies for my Son. I did not say anything nor I asked him to share them. I just handed them to him and he said: “I will give one to X and I will have the other one myself”.

I assured myself- Kindness can certainly be taught.

 

I loved this story supporting the thought that Kindness can be acquired or learned-

An old man told a story about a kid of two wolves fighting inside of us, the good wolf and the bad wolf. The kid asks: ‘’ which wolf wins?’’.

The old man replied: “The one you feed the most”.

 

My Kiddo is just 3 and there are few things I do to imbibe the kindness in him:

  • Say Thank you each time he receives a kind act.
  • Give away food items to the poor people.
  • I ask him to share his belongings, even if he resisted each time.
  • If something does not turn out as per his wish, I ask him to try again and rather do not throw toys or things away.

 

Check this out- 13 Kindness Activities for Kids

 

“A kind touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a compliment, or a caring gesture- These acts reflect a Kind heart.”

 

You can practice these random acts of kindness together with your child from even a small age. Not only for fellow human beings, teach them to be Kind with Animals, Birds, Trees/Plants and all other species.

 

And the perfect way to teach them the act of Kindness is by setting an example- When we act Kind, Kids observe us and try to imitate us in the best way possible.

 

“If we all do one random act of Kindness daily. We just might set the world in the right direction.”

 

The post was originally written for BabyChakra.


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4 Comments

  • Reply Maniparna November 11, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Though kindness is a trait of human mind just like anger, love etc, I do agree with you on the point that it too, needs to be learned. Kids are generally selfish as they fail to understand or nurture this trait. It’s how they grow up and what they are taught, bring up and nurture the trait of kindness. Setting an example, as you’ve said, is the perfect way to make them learn… 🙂

  • Reply Vasantha Vivek November 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Very true, Upasna. You always inspire me. Love and hugs to your son. Stay happy !!!

  • Reply Vishal Bheeroo November 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    It’s the small things that we can teach kids in shared at a young age to frame their way of thinking. Children are innocent and it’s only normal for that to clutch to things. I think we can take them in public places and make them buy things, a bread or banana and a toy to give to the street children. I like your idea of giving 2 candies to share.

  • Reply Anagha Yatin November 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Survival instincts are the only traits that need not be taught or cultivated. Rest everything needs to be taught, trained. Kindness is one such virtue that needs to be taught at the early stage so that the “survival instincts” dont over power the mind space.
    Loved the story of the good and the bad wolf, Upasana. Everything actually rests with us… who do we side with?

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