Teaching Kids About Kindness
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Kindness is something that kids at a very young age pick up on easily. My little ones said “Peez?” and “Tanks-ooh” early on as they learned that these words were like magic. They also showed kindness at an early age through hugs, kisses, pats on the arm, and helping out with little things, like carrying a shopping bag or sharing a snack. Those chubby little fingers offering up a squishy wet goldfish cracker were irresistible.
As they grow, teaching kids to be kind is a part of everyday life. Holding doors, offering to help–doing things that often even go unnoticed, like rolling in a trash can for a neighbor or refreshing the dog’s water. Below is a list of some of our favorite books with the theme of kindness. We love to read these together, and I think these examples really stick with kids over the years and help instill the virtue of kindness.
- Read tips for teaching teens ways to show kindness in Looking Outside Yourself: Encouraging Teens for Service.
Our favorite books about kindness
The Gift of Nothing
Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge (Picture Puffin)
The Lion & the Mouse
Toot & Puddle
The Giving Tree
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
To Kill a Mockingbird
Number the Stars
The House of Sixty Fathers
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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