Our children spend countless hours in the care of dedicated teachers, coaches and educators throughout their young lives. What better way to show your appreciation than teaching your young student how to be kind in the classroom?
• Let your teacher know you appreciate him or her: Teacher appreciation is an award unto itself. By voicing how and why you appreciate a teacher in your child's life – or by encouraging your child to tell their teachers what they appreciate – you are validating the work they do with their students every day.
• Study with a classmate: Does your son or daughter have a friend in class that might be struggling with a particular lesson? Encourage them to study together. Both students will benefit from the lesson.
• Help keep the classroom clean: Help your child make it a habit to leave the classroom looking nicer than you found it. Young children can help out by putting crayons and other supplies back where they were found, while older students can make sure desks and chairs are straightened before leaving for their next class.
• Obey the rules at school: Sometimes it might seem like there are too many rules, but by abiding by the rules students are saving their teachers and other school staff the additional work of enforcing those rules. If your child has trouble with a rule, help them understand why it is important by explaining how breaking that rule might impact others.
• Surprise your coach: Coaches put in numerous hours behind the scenes that many athletes and parents don't know about by watching game film, researching new plays and techniques, planning out practices and more. Don't forget to thank your child's coach for their commitment. Take it a step further and encourage your young athlete to personally thank their coaches throughout the season.
• Write a positive note to a classmate: Kind words and encouragement can have an amazing and lasting impact. Ask your son or daughter to pick one person in class they admire or think could use a few kind words and help them write a nice note.
• Pay attention in class: We remember how fun it was to talk and play with friends in the back of class. Unfortunately, we also remember how disruptive it was when others did the same thing. Remind your child that the teacher worked hard planning the lesson and other students are in school to learn. Encourage them to pay attention in class as a way to be kind to everyone.
Every day acts of kindness are great opportunities for learning no matter what age a child is. Do you have a favorite lesson in kindness? Share it in our comment section below. You can find more ideas and other inspiration at The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
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