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Giving Back with Your Preschooler

Posted on 07-28-2017

As a parent, one of the most important lessons you can teach your preschooler is how to be kind. Once your child enters preschool, she is surrounded by a new environment complete with many new friends and supervisors. Giving back to others is a great way to introduce behavior that reflects thoughtfulness and consideration for others. This will aid in her socialization and ability to make significant relationships in the future. Here are some simple but powerful ways to give back with your preschooler.

Kind behavior

Simple actions like saying, “please” and “thank you” are very important for children learning how to think of others before just taking what they want. Merely encouraging your child to say “please” before handing them something she wants, or asking her to say, “thank you” in proper circumstances will quickly instill this practice. Apologizing is also key for teaching children to be accountable for their actions, especially when it comes to how they treat their friends. Asking your child to apologize for something is also a fantastic opportunity to then walk her through the scenario and help her understand the complexities of social situations. Going as far to gently ask, “Why did you do that?” or “Would you like it if someone did that to you?” is a good way to help your child process her actions and, therefore, the consequences.

Offering to share

We all know the phrase: “sharing is caring,” and for good reason: the best way to give back is by extending what you already have to someone else. Next time your child is playing with a toy at the playground, ask her if she’d like to invite a nearby child to play with her. This will make for good sharing habits and also potentially lead your preschooler to feel comfortable making new friends. Another way to give back by sharing is inviting a friend or your neighbors over for dinner. Sharing one’s home and offering a meal is a very special way to represent kindness and selflessness to your child.

In today’s age, it’s never too early to teach your child how to give back with her time and efforts. Look into a great cause that needs help and is child friendly, such as soup kitchens, food pantries, or even animal shelters. Many volunteer programs allow for even preschoolers to get involved and care for others. With a little love and encouragement, your child will be eager to give back to her community.

Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill located in Fort Mill, South Carolina? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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