One of my daughters teaches 4 year olds at a daycare center. She says many of the children who come into her class have not yet learned basic courtesy; they yell out when they want something, but in line, grab toys from other children. In order to teach better social behavior, she uses something she calls “the kindness crown.” Each time a child demonstrates kindness (see the list above) they get to wear the kindness crown for a while. This positive reinforcement seems to work. She says soon the kids are vying to be helpful and noticing when someone forgets to say “please” and “thank you.”
We can all learn to behave kindly, just like these youngsters. In the book of Romans, Paul tells us to “outdo one another in showing honor.” Anyone can be respectful, polite and kind. It doesn’t require special talents or abilities; it just takes a little forethought and self-control. These simple practices make all our relationships better, and in the end, we’ll win a crown also. We’ll hear these words from Jesus: “well done, good and faithful servant.”
So as soon as you get up today, remember to put on the kindness crown! Your kind behavior will influence others to be kind.