Regardless of age or relationship status, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to teach children about love.
Love comes in many shapes and sizes. It is a complicated topic that is hard enough for adults to understand. However, there are a few ideas about love that many can agree on. Those ideas give us an opportunity to share valuable lessons with children.
The Golden Rule
Everyone learns the “Golden Rule” very early on in life which is that you should treat others with the same respect you would like to be treated with. A key ability to that practice is empathy and considering how others may feel based on your actions.
Volunteering is a great way to show children the impact of their actions can have on others. By volunteering at local organizations like food kitchens, homeless shelters, animal shelters, or other community projects, children are able to experience how their actions can positively affect others.
Love can be Kindness Random acts of kindness are not limited to friends and family, but it is important to show children that kindness is a form of love. Random acts of kindness for those in our lives and strangers are can communicate the importance of love to others. Make sure children are involved in acts of kindness and help them create their own ideas for acts to perform.
Some examples could include buying presents for others or affection for someone that may need it.
Family is Most Important The love between parents and their children, or family members, is very strong. Children likely do not understand the strength of that love which makes it important for parents to communicate the emotion. Telling children you love them and why you love them will help build self-confidence and a stronger bond with parents.
Accepting Everyone No two people on our planet are the same. It’s the reality that everyone comes to understand at some point, but children may not have a grasp that concept. Love can be found between those that are similar and different from each of us.
Take opportunities, like Black History Month in February, to show children how important those of other genders, ethnicities, religions, or other attributes have been throughout history.