Along with brushing your teeth first thing, brush up on kindness. Launch your day with a generous spirit by weaving some of these simple practices into your morning routine.
- Do a (very) brief mindfulness practice, like having a minute of silence at the breakfast table. Or take 5 slow, deep breaths together while putting on coats and hats.
- If you pack a snack, include extra grapes or goldfish crackers so your child can give them to a student who forgot their snack.
- As your children head out the door, give them a compliment and remind them to give one to somebody else during the day.
Talk to your child: As you make kindness a routine, let your child know how much you value it. Say things like:
- Our family treats people with kindness and respect.
- We are the kind of family that helps people who are in need.
- I think caring for others is more important than what grade we get on a test.
Book to share: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Ages 5 and up. When Chloe and her friends reject new girl Maya, Chloe learns a valuable lesson about accepting people. And the regret of missing an opportunity to share kindness.