Teaching Your Child Kindness & Love this Valentine's Day

February 13, 2017
Young child holding a heart for Valentine's Day
While we love to buy little chocolate hearts and toys for Valentine's Day for our children, why not make this Valentine's Day a little extra special? You can do this by teaching your preschool child kindness, compassion and love by helping and caring about others in your community.

Raising children who are kind and compassionate is an important goal as a parent. Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a kind, thoughtful and loving adult. The training can start now while your child is young by learning to help others and doing nice things for others in small simple ways.

Here are just a few ideas that you can do to help teach your child about kindness and love this Valentine's Day:

1. Draw or color a picture for a neighbor, friend, family member or teacher at your early learning center. Explain to your child that you care about them. It is sure to put a smile on their face when they receive their "kindness gift"!

2. Have your child pick out a few nonperishable food items to donate to your local food pantry. Show your child that you are helping others with their basic needs.

3. Have your child share a toy with a friend. Teach your child the importance of making others happy by being kind.

4.  Make a special treat for the birds or animals. This is a fun and easy way to teach your child that kindness is important for all living creatures. It is easy enough to do with a pipe cleaner, ribbon and a few Cheerios. Form into a circle, string the cheerios around and hang on a tree with a ribbon.

These few simple ideas can make a big difference in lessons that will last a lifetime in the heart of your child. Happy Valentine's Day from Lightbridge Academy!