In this brief video from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, parenting expert Christine Carter offers some tips to parents on how to foster kindness and generosity in children.
Teacher Allison Ricket’s local elementary school uses the metaphor of “filling up the bucket” to teach children the value of “put-ups” instead of “put-downs”— these types of strategies can be used to train the brain for kindness at home as well as at school.
Second-grader Christian Bucks noticed that some of his friends didn’t have anyone to play with at recess. With the support and encouragement of his parents and the help of school administration, he was able to bring an idea called the “Buddy Bench” to fruition.
Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, research pioneer on “fixed” versus “growth” mindsets, discusses how a simple change of language can inspire children to think differently about their capabilities. For more about Dweck’s research in this area, check out Maria Popova’s blog post from Brain Pickings entitled "Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives."
School administrator, blogger and author Matt Levinson stresses that mistakes are a necessary part of learning and suggests that allowing children to navigate challenging situations on their own can help them build frameworks for arriving at more successful outcomes.
In this video, Brendamarie Contreras, director at Bright Horizons, discusses relevant principles parents can consider in relation to young children and personal or family reactions to traumatic events. Though the introduction to the video is focused on Boston, the principles discussed can be applied to a wide variety of situations.
One way to teach children mindfulness is to model it. Parenting expert Christine Carter discusses how parents can bring mindful awareness to everyday situations. You may also want to check out Carter’s video on a simple strategy for teaching meditation to children: "Meditating with Kids."
The National School Climate Center has created guidelines for parents on creating safe and caring homes, preventing bullying, strategies to promote collaboration among adults, and community activities.
Blogger and principal Matt Levinson discusses some ideas for strengthening the relationship between schools and parents in order to help children work through social and emotional challenges during the pre-teen and teen years.
A group of Australian students decided to confront cyberbullying at their schools; the Invisible Hearts Project was the result of this collaboration. Using a combination of empathy and design thinking, the students used technology and social media in a positive manner to raise awareness and promote peace, equality, and love. Also, reference the parent resources about bullying and cyberbullying prevention in Edutopia's "Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School."