Love to me is kind, gentle, sweet, caring and happy. ~ Mischka, age 7
Training a child is a constant state of reminding that there are consequences (both positive and negative) for choices made. It is easy in parenting to focus too heavily on the negative consequences and not reward positive choices.
One place that we can reward is kindness in the home. For some reason our homes seems to be the place where kindness is especially lacking, this is the most important training ground. We can watch carefully and wait to catch our children being kind to other members of our household. By constantly uplifting those choices, whether it is immediate or at the dinner table, we can create an environment that will breed more and more kindness to others. You can even make a game of catching your children being kind. Give points for varying degrees of kindness and reward the winner. Teaching sibling to treat each other with kindness is a very important life skill. Take time this weekend to catch your children being kind to one another!