Founder and CEO of Orange, Reggie Joiner, along with Greg Payne, a creative director at Orange, and podcast host, Kristen Ivy, talk about why teaching kindness to your kids helps them become happier and healthier in today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast.
- Identify illustrations or stories in your family that demonstrate kindness. Your kids need to see kindness in action, both the giving and receiving ends. Talk openly about how someone was kind to you and think of ways to show kindness to others outside of your family.
- Look for something kind to do for someone and cue your kids to do something kind, too. As the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” Each week, sit down as a family and plan out ways you can show kindness to other family members, friends, and complete strangers. Make showing kindness a habit for your kids through repetition.
Ask a parent at any given time what they’re thinking about and nine times out of 10, they’re usually mulling over some aspect of their kids’ development. While thinking about when your kid’s first steps will be taken or how their test scores rank according to state and national averages, there’s one aspect of your kid’s life you should be very intentional about: How your child values kindness.
Kindness doesn’t often land near the top of parents’ list of priorities, but it should be. According to research, showing kindness to others impacts positively the brain, the heart, general health, and has been proven to curb depression. Other research tells us people who practice kindness are 25 percent happier than those who don’t.
But even more, showing kindness can potentially change the world.Think about it: What would the world look like if Christians started treating everyone as if they believed they were created in the image of God?
In today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast, you’ll learn ways you can start cultivating kindness in your own family and what your kids have to lose if they don’t start making kindness a habit.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
“You don’t have to feel like being kind to act kind.” —Greg Payne [tweet this]
“The world would just be a different place if Christians would start treating everybody who breathes like they’re made in the image of God.” —Reggie Joiner [tweet this]
“If you want to raise healthy kids, teach them to be kind.” —Greg Payne [tweet this]
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss It, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.
Greg Payne is a creative writer, video producer, and performer for Orange and 252 Kids. He has been married for 21 years. He has two daughters, a grill, a motorcycle, and a strange sense of humor. His dog loves anything from the grill. His daughters like his motorcycle. His wife tolerates his sense of humor with grace and mercy.
Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer, Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.
Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.
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