We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are becoming athletes, musicians, doing well in school, etc. but do we take time to develop kindness in our children?
Dad and daughter authors, Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson, together they wrote the book 'Unselfish Kids' which has 40 true stories that are meant to be read together and then discussed.
They also shared with us five ways to teach your kids to be unselfish:
1 - Help them be aware of what is taking place around them.
2 - Teach them this principle:
We exist not to see how important or famous we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.
3 - In addition to asking them about grade, academic achievement, etc., Ask them questions like:
--Who did you help today?
-Tell me about something kind you did today?
4 - Support your children and make acts of kindness as much of a priority as other skills they are developing.
5- Help them to realize that what we see in society (selfies, selfishness, lack of unity, disrespect) is not normal and we need them (the kids) to change this mindset!
For more info or to order the book: www.unselfishstories.com