take a moment and reflect
Being mindful is really the key to being present and dialing back to your center of gravity.
Tips for nurturing a kind and respectful culture at home and in the classroom.
Show children that you are their equal by lowering yourself to their eye level and engaging with them.
Respond in ways that the child feels comforted when they are angry or afraid. Listen carefully to what they are saying and reflect it back to them: "Oh I see - you were scared because you saw a shadow in your closet. What do you think about opening the closer together and turning on the light, just to make sure nothing is hiding inside there?"
Making the principles and value of kindness and respect essential in the household/classroom.
Being mindful and labeling actions as unkind or kind
Maintaining kindness in the home/classroom so that your little ones develop this way of being too (continuously model, have dialogue, practice, and affirm) - aka the e.l.o. method ;)
Play kindness bingo with your family. A great way to discuss and act out random acts of kindness and make for a feel-good game!
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