I just got done writing a post about practicing mindfulness with children. It made me think about my goal to raise children that are mindful of others. I want to contribute to the good in the world, and what better way than by teaching my children to be considerate of those around them?
This isn’t Mother Teresa groundbreaking stuff, but it is something that I can do to make the world around us a better place. With every smile and small kind gesture they make, it encourages that person to be more mindful.
It doesn’t take much effort. Holding open the door for the person behind you, greeting the cashier as you check out at the store. Making eye contact and smiling at those you walk by, giving a stranger a compliment. Helping someone pick up their grocery bags they dropped, or even, helping someone struggling to load their groceries. The best way to teach them is by showing them. Let your children see you lend a helping hand to a stranger. Do a kind deed just because, even better, keep it a secret just the two of you! Revel in the feeling of doing something nice and sharing that memory together. Pay the $5 the person in line in front of you couldn’t afford so they had to chose between chicken or potatoes.
It is easy to complain that we live in a world that is unkind, self-centered, and lacking in empathy, but what are you doing to change that? The change starts with you, change your outlook and your actions will follow. Your children will pick up on this change and be right behind you. I leave you with a quote that sums this up perfectly.
What do you do to teach your children kindness, compassion, sympathy and empathy for others? Have you noticed your children being mindful of others even when they don’t know you are looking? Leave a comment with your thoughts on raising mindful children below!