Playing together nicely at the library...two seconds before Maverick stole Archer's toy and ran away with it.
Okay, so It’s not like my kids are actually being tricked into kindness.
Maverick most certainly doesn’t understand what kindness is yet (he’s 16 months old). To be honest, we’ve been struggling with Archer in trying to teach Maverick kindness because the best way to teach is by showing him how to be gentle and loving. And all that Archer wants to do when his brother hits him or grabs his glasses off of his face is push. Or kick, or hit back.
He’s really not picky.
The first rule, before it found a more permanent home.
That problem aside, I was at Michael's last week shopping for Easter décor and found this cute little chalkboard sign. I already have some chalk markers, so it was perfect. Figuring out what to write on the sign and where to put it was a later problem.
Somewhere in the middle of telling Archer not to retaliate against his brother and telling Maverick not to bite/push/grab anyone or anything (including the dog), it came to me. The Rule of the Week!
It couldn’t hurt to have a reminder on our wall of the rules that we strive to follow and want to instill in our kids.
First up: Always be kind.
I’ve said it here! And I say it often. Lead with kindness. Be the example. Love your brother. Don’t kick him in the face because you want to do a headstand in the corner of the couch where he’s sitting and eating a snack.
Within a couple of days of writing out our first Rule of the Week, I learned that it was working.
Trying to keep it fun.
Where the sign hangs in our kitchen. Guest-starring Eddie.
So what started as my desire to find a reason to hang a chalkboard sign in our house turned into a positive lesson for the kids. Whether they’re being tricked into being kind or not.
Stay crafty and casual,