Unlocking the Key to Kindness

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Both as adults and children, the lesson of kindness can be a difficult one to master, albeit an important one. Treating others with kindness is right up there, with regards to importance, with practicing/remembering the importance of honesty and appreciating yourself. Although the nurturing environment provided by private schools is a step in the right direction (one that you may be able to take advantage of for free), as parents it is our responsibility to guide our children through the inevitable bumps of childhood–not only by teaching them to react with kindness, but by acting kindly towards ourselves and others.

Whether it’s teaching tolerance toward a bully or showing generosity toward those less fortunate, as faithful parents, we must teach our children that each act of kindness serves as a living reflection of God’s love to others. (Paul 2:4)

Fortunately, there are simple play activities that you can act out with your child to teach them to respond to difficult situations with love and forgiveness, especially when they have been hurt or offended.

For Your Pre-K Child

Remember, that as a part of the fruit of holy spirit, kindness must also be accompanied by goodness. (Galatians 5:22-23) This exercise is a wonderful way to help your child “clothe” him or herself in kindness by choosing to be kind to others.
(Colossians 3:12)

First, tell your children that the family is throwing a party, and that they get to choose their outfits for the festivities. Give them different dress-up options for fun but be sure to lay out enough hats for each child attending the party. As the children ‘get ready,’ encourage them to choose a special hat in order to get a special job at the party.

After everyone is ready, set the table with snacks and have your child ask everyone to join you both. Once they are all seated, ask each child wearing a hat to do something kind– like serve a snack to another child before serving themselves or pass out napkins to everyone.

Afterward, explain to your children that we must “put on” kindness every morning. Show them that kindness is something we choose by reminding them that they chose to put on a special hat for the party and each child wearing a hat acted kindly toward everyone–even the children not wearing hats. Use this moment as an opportunity to talk about the ways each person showed kindness at the party and how we can choose kindness in our daily lives.

For Your Elementary School Child

Supplies: For this activity, you’ll need a coin, white paper and several crayons in bright colors, as well as one black crayon.

Using the paper and the black crayon, draw an outline of a person on the paper. Together with your child, color the outline in using the bright colors. As you work together, use this moment to explain how God designed us to show His love and kindness to those around us. Remind your child that our actions reflect His goodness to others.

Next, give your child the black crayon and have him or her add black splotches over the bright colors. As he or she does this, explain to your child that when we don’t treat others with kindness, our lives stop reflecting the love and goodness of God. As your child finishes, discuss different situations in which people may act unkind toward others.

Use the coin to lightly scratch away the black patches. As you do this, explain to your child that when we show kindness to others, the kindness of God begins to shine through again. Teach them that kindness not only blesses others through our actions, but also helps people see the ultimate Creator of that kindness.

Although instilling kindness and goodness is not a one time lesson or exercise, these activities can help you start an early dialogue with your children about practicing kindness and compassion.

By teaching them to treat others with kindness, you are also helping them reflect the image of God in their actions. Many of our programs highlight compassion, empathy, and kindness through familial and community engagement. For more on how to apply and receive financial aid for private school, we encourage you to contact Corner Stone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.

3 Ways Your Kids Can Embrace Sacrificing for Others

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We all enter this world crying at the top of our lungs for our mother’s milk. Born with demands, we’re hardwired to get our needs met so that we can survive. However, as we grow and develop our consciousness, God calls upon each of us to become less selfish and become more selfless.

In Hebrews 13:16, the word tells us, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (NIV)

While children may not have the same resources or freedom as adults, there is plenty that they can do to show the love of Christ by sharing or doing good toward their peers. While we have previously touched on other target areas of self-improvement, such as the importance of honesty and unlocking the key to kindness; here are three simple ways that young students can practice sacrificing for others.

Share a Bite

Breaking bread with someone has a longstanding tradition in bringing people together through fellowship. You can encourage your son or daughter to share their turkey sandwich or place an extra cookie in their lunchbox intended for sharing. They can share with a friend, or you can challenge them to share with someone they might not know as well. Perhaps they can share it with someone who looks sad or in need of some comfort. Whether your child wants to grow up to be an astronaut or a personal injury attorney, having your kids interact with other children in a positive, well-organized manner can greatly help them “discover” who they are while growing up.

Kids Teaching Kids

If your child is especially great in a particular subject, like math for example, this is a gift. It provides them with an opportunity to help students who aren’t as strong in that subject. Encourage your child to reach out to struggling students. They can quietly say to the student, “I think I can help you understand this formula, do you want to try with me?”

Taking the time to do this is a great way to build character.

Lend a Helping Hand

When it’s time to clean up—whether that be put away toys, fold laundry or wash dishes, many kids zone out and leave it to the adults. That’s why it’s greatly appreciated when a child looks outside of their own desires. Your child should embrace helping a teacher organize chairs, or helping adults clear the table after a large meal. This will teach your child the value of lightening the burdens of others.

These kinds of habits will help your children tap into selflessness, and demonstrate love. For ideas on doing good works as a family, check out this awesome family guide to helping others.

These are the kinds of principles taught at CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes, a faith based Christian Las Vegas school with small classrooms and Christian values. If you are looking for Christian schools in Las Vegas or private schools in Las Vegas, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes  at (702) 939-5050.