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Bringing children up is not an easy task. Shaping your kids is not just about how they behave and turn out to be, but also about how they treat others around them. We are all so busy teaching our kids how to face a competitive world that we forget to teach them the little things in life that matter a lot. Kindness, compassion, empathy are qualities that are gradually slipping away.

The external environment does have a lot of impact on children, but their core values come from their parents and help them perceive same things in different ways. It is extremely important to bring up a kind human being so that when you look at them a few years down the line, you feel that you played a little part in spreading some good in the world.

Here are a few ways in which you can teach your kids to be kind:

1. Teach them the importance of caring for others

This can be teaching them about things as small as passing a ball to a teammate, or standing up for a friend who is being bullied, etc. You should make them aware of the effects that their actions have on people around them. Holding up high ethical standards instead of protecting your children under all circumstances may not seem possible at times, but it is the best thing to do.

2. Don’t criticize their efforts

Children can be impatient and moody at times, this does not mean that they do not care. While teaching them the importance of being kind towards others, it is also crucial that you be kind towards them. It is true that kids are the mirror images of their parents in many ways. If you expect something from your kids, you should fulfil those same things. If your children make a project, even if it has flaws, appreciate them and tell them how they can improve upon it. This makes them more positive and they automatically tend to pass it on to others.

3. Volunteer

Take your kids to a nearby orphanage or an old age home every once in a while so that they see that the society needs them. Children tend to mimic our actions and if we do the right things, our children automatically follow. To help someone, you need not necessarily go somewhere, it can be something as simple as helping an old person carry groceries or helping a blind person cross the road.

4. Teach them the three golden words

We often forget to use these words ourselves because we don’t deem them necessary. ‘Sorry’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please’ are small words, but they can create wonders. Teach your kids to hold their head high in bad times and teach them to be humble in good times. Teach them that if they can afford it, they should build a longer table and not a taller fence.

5. Inculcate respect for Mother Earth

Kindness should not just be limited to people but also to surroundings. Your kids should know that it is crucial to avoid causing harm to the environment as possible. Teach them the importance of planting trees, recycling things and reducing wastages.

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