Monday, November 4, 2013

Teaching Kindness

 We have been talking a lot about kindness and friendships this past week. I created this little owl badge (above) to go along with some of the things we have been reading and talking about. I thought it would be a fun way for the kids to remember their kind words and aim high to be the "kindness owls" that I know they are.

A good friend sent me this book a couple years ago and I think it is one of the best parenting gifts I have ever received. Healing Stories for Challenging Behavior  is full of storytelling magic to encourage, inspire, heal and support parents and children together through stories.

Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour brings together the fruits of Susan Perrow's work in storymaking. It is richly illustrated with lively anecdotes drawn from parents and teachers who have discovered how the power of story can help resolve a range of common childhood behaviours and situations such as separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, nightmares and grieving.

After reading many stories, the kids and I made a list together of what we felt was kind behavior and how we could show kindness each day. Next, we made a promise to each other and to ourselves to try our best to follow through with that list and be the person that we want to be.
I printed the owl badge out and we used contact paper to attach it to old buttons for each of the kids. They were both really excited about their new "kindness owl" titles.


  1. Lovely idea, great image to use, and I am excited to check out the book! Excited to share this on my kindness boards as well as on Magic Moments Monday board. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your kindness owl is beautiful, and I am sure your kids will wear their badges with pride. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  3. Those buttons are cute, and I am very intrigued by your description of this book! I will be looking for a copy at my library! Thanks for sharing with the Afterschool blog hop!

  4. what age do you think the book is for. My son is 4, do you think it would be pitched to high for him? It sounds like such a great idea.
    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Parenting Party, I'm pinning to our pinterest board.

    1. Hi There! I have been reading my daughter these stories since she was about 3. I think some are definitely for an older child, but there are some for a younger range as well. I think we will be enjoying this book for quite some time.Thanks for stopping by!