Teaching Children Kindness Is As Important As Grades
I wish they would grade my child on kindness as well as the standard subjects.
A child's mental health is more important than their grades.
I am a very firm believer that a child's mental health is more important than their grades. I will always stick to this and so whenever my daughter comes home and tell me that she is a set of words below her peers or that she can't do x,y,z like some of her friends I make a strong point of telling her that it doesn't matter. That she will learn those things in her own time and that she doesn't need to worry.
There is far too much pressure on children these days from such a young age. The stories i hear about the amount of homework children get not that much older than my daughter it makes me cringe and dread what is to come because I will never push my child in to more than I think she can manage. I will never risk my child's mental health for the sake of grades and the pressure that is being put on children.
I think it is no wonder so many more children have mental health problems these days as there is just so much pressure. Social media, school, exams, - There is SO much pressure on being the best, amazing, popular......But what about being kind?
I want her to succeed, of course I do. We all want our children to do well but as someone that grew up with a Dad who was only ever interested in the best and didn't speak to me if I got a D, C's were sometimes acceptable - I would never inflict that on my daughter with more added pressure in todays world.
It is just as , if not more important to me that she is kind. I wish on her reports I could see a grade for kindness and how she has helped her peers, if she's comforted another child, played with a child who has fewer friends. She tells me these things herself sometimes and I am always extremely proud of them and give her a lot of praise because it's important.
As it is she is very kind! She loves to help me with my happy post and she has become "Chief Stickerer" (ie she helps with the envelope stickering lol) she has recently given herself a promotion to "Chief Poster" (ie she comes to the post box) and she LOVES it, she knows they go to people feeling a little sad and that they help to make them smile. Sometimes she will do this with me and miss a day of reading or whatever the homework is because she enjoys it and I think teaching kindness is JUST as important.
Kindness should be on the curriculum in my opinion. A little kindness goes a long way. Even from little people.
I made a little video of my daughter about the happy post that she helps me with and decided to post it because....well...I just think it's super cute!! And it's nice to see a little human with an understanding of kindness as the world definitely needs a little more kindness in general.
"Everyone is going through a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always."