Teaching Kids Kindness: Affirmation and Reflection Exercise - Metta Play Bilingual Cards

Teaching Kids Kindness: Affirmation and Reflection Exercise

Teaching children to be kind is one of the most important and hardest lessons we can teach. One of the ways we can do that is by practicing affirmations regularly.

For today, I've picked out "I am kind. To myself, my family, my friends, and others" from Metta Play's bilingual affirmation card deck.

Reflection Questions

Take the affirmation practice one step further by doing a reflection exercise. Reflection is an effective tool to help kids dig a little bit deeper. Ask kids to reflect on the following questions to help them understand how kindness showed up for them.

  1. How did you show kindness to yourself? This can be as simple as picking out their favorite dress, taking a break when they felt overwhelmed or talking positively to themselves this morning.

  2. How did you show kindness to your family? Ask kids to reflect on how they showed kindness to their families. It could be helping Mama with the dishes, saying thank you for the cereal, or reading a book with sister.

  3. How did you show kindness to your friends? This one is especially relevant once they are in daycare or school. It could be giving a seat to a friend, sharing toys, playing together, or cheering a friend on.

  4. How did you show kindness to others? Others here means anyone outside of family and friends, so it could be strangers, their neighbors, the postman. The act can be as simple as smiling at their neighbour, holding the door, or saying thank you to the waitress.

  5. How did someone else show kindness to me? Finally, a very important one is to ask kids to reflect on how someone else showed kindness to them. Being able to receive love is a very hard practice and we want to start them off early. That way, they can learn to express gratitude and see the good in the world. Ask them how this made them feel.

Teaching kids to be kind to themselves and others is an ongoing practice. Using affirmations with a reflection exercise is one of the many ways we can help cultivate this in children. As caregivers and educators, let's continue to encourage and model kindness, empathy, and compassion in our children.

"I am kind. To myself, my family, my friends, and others" is part of Metta Play's bilingual affirmation card deck available in Mandarin, French and Indonesian here 


 

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