Words "Be Kind" written in chalk on floor

Never has it been more important to help children to be kind to themselves. With some children under pressure to try and stick to a school timetable from home, it can feel overwhelming and never ending. On the other hand, some children aren’t wanting to do anything or are struggling with structure – whatever the issue, being kind to themselves is essential.

Children know kindness is one of the most important things they can show towards others, but I don’t think they often relate it to themselves. They should treat themselves with kindness, just like they treat others.

Helping Children To Be Kind To Themselves

They can be kind to themselves in many ways and it usually involves looking after their mind or body in some way.  Here’s some suggestions:

  • Eating well
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Having the kind of interaction needed from friends (very important at this current time)
  • Taking part in activities that they enjoy doing that make children happy (playing football, drawing, watching you tube, having a pamper etc.)
  • Relaxing and not stressing out about things they don’t have control over
  • Being kind to themselves can also be thinking positive thoughts rather than negative thoughts

If your child is not being kind enough to themselves encourage them to do some of the things mentioned above to see if it makes them feel better. If they had a friend who was feeling overwhelmed, what would they suggest their friend did so they were kind to themselves? Or if their friend was feeling bored/lonely/sad what would they suggest to them?

We can alter our moods and perceptions when we are kind to ourselves – it helps us to feel more positive and in-control of our lives. It’s great for both our mental and physical health and should be encouraged in children (and adults too!).  Has your child felt better for taking some time out to be kind to themselves?