Toddler Development: The 10 Best Things You Can Do To Raise Kind Kids
A couple of months ago my 3-year-old was at a birthday party, and I noticed that one of his classmates was being rougher with the kids than I thought was appropriate. Sure, little boys tend to roughhouse, but this was more than that. The kid seemed to be kind of mean. The next day my son had another party to attend, and that same kid was there. Unfortunately, he displayed the same behavior. I gave that kid what I call “the look,” and he walked away from my son (I didn’t know where his parents were). My son didn’t get angry and he never pushed the kid back. He was pretty calm about things. But, in that moment, I wondered what I could do as a parent to ensure that he is always kind (without being a doormat).
Children learn how to be kind at home. If they are in an environment that is hostile and filled with negative energy, chances are it will seep into their being. Mean kids rarely just happen. They are usually mean for one of two reasons. They either didn’t see kindness modeled enough in their home, or they are being mean to deal with some kind of emotional stress they don’t know how to manage. Are some kids mean despite their parents’ best efforts? Sure. However, we still have to try our very best to really teach them how to be kind. Here are some things you can do to raise kind people.