100 Ways to Be Kind to Your Child has inspired families around the world with simple ways to show love and build connection. Over time hundreds more people have added to this list – adding their own hearts and voices to the list of ways to be kind to children. I want to celebrate and spread these voices, so here are a few of the lovely ways people are kind to their kids.
The best thing about showing kindness to children…
Let them let go first…
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Respecting No – this goes along well with teaching kids resiliency.
Balloons for no special reason…
This next one reminds me of one of the favorite ever parenting secret missions about morning snuggles…and if you’re looking for after school questions that will get you more than one word answers, check out these conversation starters to help you get to know your kids.
Sweet and simple – nosey, nosey, nosey!
More simple and sweet ways to be kind and show love to kids:
- With my kids, we all try to be silly sometimes. Bubble in your milk Mondays….Join them on the swings….Have fun with your children. They want you happy too 🙂 Plus it is so fun to be childlike too. ! ~Professor Hutch
- A favorite way to show love/kindness at our house is a special hug that we call a ‘[child’s name] sandwich’. This is where Mom and Dad hug with the child ‘sandwiched’ between them, usually causing another child to come running in asking for the same treatment. Always ending in much laughter… a spirit-lifter for all! ~F.
- Take time to take them to their favorite places a park a movie and actually engage with them. ~Sarah
- Try to look after yourself and manage your own stress. ~Laura
- Our #100 is playing “tickle time” Kids romp on the bed under covers and we tickle/poke any which way 🙂 and they love it!! They look forward to this especially on high strung days. ~Rachelle
- My fave way to show my kids kindness is a sincere apology to them when I mess up as a parent. I think it’s a huge kindness to ask their forgiveness and give them the opportunity to forgive. They are learning that it’s ok to mess up, and it’s ok to own up to it! ~Emily
- …spontaneously take a “mystery trip” that brings some unexpected joy. It can be something as simple as a bookstore, a favorite restaurant, a drive-in movie, an ice cream, a picnic on my bed with movies even. ~Kristy
Thank you for your inspiration!