Teaching your children at an early age how to be kind towards others is an important part of raising them to be ready for school and have strong social-emotional skills. The most important things parents can do is to be kind to others so your children see kindness in action. Kids will mimic the actions of their parents.
If you see your child being mean to someone, discuss with them how the other child must have felt, and what they think the best way to apologize would be. Help your children come up with acts of kindness to do, such as helping someone, saying something nice, sharing toys, waving to others, and more. Below, you will find books to help start the conversation and show your children how to be kind to others and have empathy for everyone around them.