The incivility of this heated political climate requires parents to cultivate compassion as strategically as the campaigns unravel it. This is the time to share with your children all the reasons kindness and respect are so essential; to discuss the challenge (and critical importance) of being an “upstander” in the face of offensive speech; and to exalt the power of every individual (even very small ones) to bring about positive change.
During the lazy, pajama-clad days of winter break, I got a glimpse of the darker side of doing good. Well... not dark exactly. Let's call it the exhausting side of doing good.
But we need to go beyond sharing kindness in our news feeds or packing our birthdays with 30-something acts of kindness. We need to make kindness an unavoidable part of family life. As indispensable as brushing teeth. In short, we need to practice.