(Inside: Teens, know the full kindness, including the side that often doesn’t get the kind of cartwheels and confetti it deserves. Read on…)
To my Tween and Teens,
I want to talk as a family about kindness.
And maybe not the type of kindness you’re thinking of. We all appreciate nice words and patience, but that’s not what I want to discuss. There’s a piece to kindness that you can display that’s super simple and definitely gets noticed, though maybe not always in a cartwheels and confetti sort of way.
Kindness looks like getting up and getting yourself ready for school without a parent having to cluck around you like a chicken to micromanage.
The thing is, that type of kindness in teens – where you take care of your responsibilities – is incredibly mature.
I know sometimes you do this well, but your dad and I don’t stop and throw confetti and say we notice.
But, either way, I wanted to talk about the full definition of kindness with you.
Read more in the Teens and Kindness series.
We all want to raise kind humans. Kindness starts in the home. Will all of my heart, I want to create a home that’s kind to each other. I know we won’t be flawless. Perfect doesn’t exist, but families who continually come back to being kind do. And that’s what I want to be.
Read more about raising kind teenagers and creating a home that’s kind.
7 Things About Kindness Teens Need to Know
Let’s Be a Family That’s Kind to Each Other
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.