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6 Simple Practices to Teach Your Child Peace, Love & Compassion

As we celebrate the International Day of Peace, Inspire Nursery, Dubai shares how we can instill peace values in our children

At Inspire, values and attitudes are the foundations to our OneTribe Peace Education Program, where increase happiness, wellbeing and resilience by teaching children to care for others every day. Instilling Values of Kindness, Love, Respect, Integrity, Caring and Friendship can only strengthen the social foundations of the nursery school and community. All of these qualities, however, cannot be taught just at nursery school, but should be woven into everyday practices through family, community influences and a child’s daily experiences.

Peace Values

We all want our children to become confident and caring individuals with a strong character, to develop respect, empathy, appreciation and positive self-esteem, in a world that can appear to be fraught with conflict. Parents have the ultimate power to shape a child’s development of kindness, empathy, compassion and care through everyday activities. As parents exhibit “good quality” traits, these are powerful models that transmit to children, helping them understand what it means to be honest, trustworthy and a compassionate person.

  1. Giving
    • Most families show kindness to their children, give them love, care and attention, give special treats and buy gifts. These acts make us feel better about ourselves when practicing these with our children. These acts show our children how to give and receive. Practice small acts of kindness and giving with your child both with loved ones and strangers. Let them help in choosing, packing and actually giving gifts so they are part of the process. This is also a wonderful opportunity for children to make small things, cards, gifts for family, friends and neighbors or to someone in need, perhaps a sort out of old toys to be given to those who need them.
 
  1. Correcting with Kindness
    • Teaching moments are valuable during disciplining of children and it is important that we explain to children why their behavior is wrong. It is important to ensure an appropriate consequence is used to make the situation ‘right’. Be it a simple apology or providing care to another, helping them understand why another is upset, using these steps helps children learn from consequences.
 
  1. Reading Books
 
  1. Daily Rituals
    • Hands-on practice and active learning is the most effective way to learn opportunities for sharing, compassion, decision making which can all build a strong sense of character from within. Use everyday moments such as eating dinner together to teach your child to share and be kind, such as looking out to see if someone would like some water, or asking politely to pass the salt.
 
  1. Connect with Nature
    • Go for walks, outside nature calms the soul and clears the mind, and helps regain containment of our emotions.
 
  1. Role Play
    • Creative unstructured play such as role-play allows for children to develop empathy and reduce aggression. Often play is used to find comfort during anxious, fearful moments, develop relationships and explore the world. Through characters, dolls, stuffed animals, role-play scenes with your children, whether it is modeling good behavior or re-enacting an incident at home. Children find this a safe way to express feelings, and you can use this as a way to demonstrate appropriate responses.


    • Starting to build these values early on in life will help our children to grow into independent thinkers with strong personalities, equipped to take on the world!




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