If your children haven’t headed back to school already, they will probably be starting soon! Right now is perfect for discussing kindness with our kids. If you are asking yourself how exactly do encourage or teach kindness, it can be as simple as a random acts such as helping someone with their groceries to buying someone a cup of coffee, or even holding a door open for someone. It’s so important for us as parents to model the behavior.
Another great way to encourage kindness and acceptance is through entertainment including books, television and movies. Here are some titles available on Netflix for your big kids and little kids that promote kindness and acceptance while encouraging discussion:
For your bigger kids:
3. A Mile in His Shoes
5. Good Luck Charlie: Down a Tree
And your little kids:
1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other
2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 3, Ep. 4: One Bad Apple
3. Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy’s Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5. Super Why, Season 1, Ep. 61: The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan
6. The Fox and the Hound
I’m really impressed with how some of these children’s shows encourage kindness and acceptance. Some of my personal favorites for smaller children have been Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Arthur which is a show I was familiar with as a kid. Not only has Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood also promotes social-emotional development through discussing feelings and other subjects that children and even parents face. as a parent I appreciate this type of programming.
Which of the above Netflix titles do you think your kids would enjoy watching? In what ways do you encourage kindness and acceptance?
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