My toddler is a bit of a tornado and has been having a lot of trouble keeping his hands to himself. We’ve had issues with complaints from school, and not to mention all the biting and hitting he’s been doing to dear old mama (aka me). So I’ve been working with him on that behavior with transferring the need to touch other people onto another activity and learning to control the outbursts.
Teaching kindness is so important in this because a child who wishes to be kind will not want to harm his friends or his mommy. Right?
So I try to teach him: what are some easy ways to be kind? Such as saying “Hi” to your friend. Be nice to your doggy. If you see someone fall down, maybe you can help them up!
Are you teaching your toddlers to be kind?
Books to Cultivate Kindness in Toddlers
Hen gives Pig an unexpected present. “How kind!” says Pig. Pig is so touched, in fact, that he decides to do something kind too. How Kind teaches about kindness and specifically passing it on to others. My son loves this, and when I ask him if he wants to be kind too, he says yes!
Harry the Happy Mouse is another sweet book teaching others to pay kindness forward. And it was free on Kindle when I looked it up.
The Nice Book shows simple ways young children can show they care for those around them.
If your child is having trouble keeping his hands to himself like mine is: Hands Are Not for Hitting teaches children to be peaceful and not violent, showing that we are all capable of being kind and loving. My son is a huge fan of this one, he keeps asking to read it again and again, like the How Kind book. He likes all the different hand gestures and photos and likes to act some of them out! The last page has some resources for parents for dealing with tantrums, so it’s a great book all around. I’ll have to get more in this series.
Baby Be Kind teaches that being kind feels so good that even a baby will want to try it.
Songs to Teach Toddlers Kindness
Who remembers the Sprout channel? This song is catchy and fun and reminds kids to flex their kindness muscle.
A song all about kindness with Tori Kelly and Sesame Street. A very upbeat poppy song!
This is another lovely song All About Kindness and I like how it starts right out with keeping your hands to yourself.
This one is called Fill Your Bucket, and it teaching filling each other’s buckets with kindness as simple as holding hands.
The description of this video also contains a free curriculum on kindness which is meant for educators but parents can certainly pull from and teach kindness at home, such as the kindness tree to build on for each act of kindness the child displays.
This is a lovely song reminding kids they have the magic inside to make good choices.
How are you teaching your toddlers to be kind?