Actions Speak Louder than words: teaching our kids how to be good people
My kids hear these statements all the time. They are my answers to everything. Last year when Dylan was in kindergarten, he was bullied. Now he does happen to be one of the tallest in his grade, but he has such a kind-heart. As parents we want to swoop in and rescue them. I just said Dylan remember that we treat people the way that we want to be treated and hopefully the situation will get better. While they aren’t best friends, my son was the only person to attend the bully’s birthday party and in
return they now get along just fine. Life is all about those teachable moments that help mold your kids to pay it forward!
We talk about the less fortunate often. Every Christmas before we buy any gifts for our family, we buy gifts for a family from the local domestic violence shelter. When talking about how mothers and children are often living there with nothing, but the clothes that they left in. It is humbling even to young children. They can’t quite grasp the whole concept, but to not have changes of clothes or their beloved toys is unimaginable. No matter what circumstances we are dealing with, we should always remember someone could use our help. Sometimes we have to show our kids that life isn’t always perfect, but we can give to those less fortunate than ourselves to pay it forward!
Some of the simpliest moments of good come from our surroundings. A trip to the park usually brings up comments of all the litter. We try to live a relatively sustainable lifestyle so my kids are familiar with recycling, composting, etc… they always want to keep their parks and neighborhoods clean of debris. We took a saturday morning to work on cleaning up one of our local parks that’s often a mess.
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How do you pay it forward?
The boys enjoying themselves after their hard work