Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.
– Dalai Lama
We all want to help our grandchildren to grow up to be truly caring, kind people who think of others. It can make us cringe when a grandchild acts like they are the center of the universe and can’t see the needs of anyone else. And I am embarrassed to say that I can often act like a 5 year old myself.
There are ways you can begin right now to help your grandkids develop empathy for others.
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a crucial building block for developing other caring emotions. It’s how we develop gratitude, hope, and compassion — which is the ability to act on your empathy,
explains Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California.
I love the idea of doing random acts of kindness … good deeds unplanned but looked for. The opportunities can be found EVERYWHERE … you just have to see a need and use a little imagination. And what better way for a grandchild to do good than to team up with a gung ho grandma (just like Batman and Robin) and go out and make someone’s day a little brighter! I think I am going to call ourselves Kindness Ninjas.