The moment one becomes a parent, their life changes. Suddenly your little one becomes your life, and you would want the best for him, and for him to grow up to be a healthy, happy and honest person. Now with you having his best interests at heart, it can be heartbreaking to see him being rude, impolite and downright mean, especially to other kids.
If that’s what you’re struggling with, here’s some help your way. Read on to discover how you can help your kid stop being mean to other kids and people.
If your child is exhibiting mean behaviour or being impolite and aggressive, you need to help him identify his behaviour, and get him to understand that it is wrong, no matter how young he is. Children need to understand the difference between good and bad behaviour at a very early stage. You can do this by helping him understand these differences from a third person perspective. For example, you can put on a children’s movie that shows these two different sides, or pick up some good story books and introduce these concepts through bedtime stories.
Offer Unconditional Love
You may not believe it, but unconditional love really is the greatest teacher, and it can work wonders in helping your kid develop into a more happy, kind and compassionate person. When your child feels loved and accepted by you- one of the most important people in his life, he’ll bloom.
True, loving your child when he’s being a mean person can be hard, but trust us on this, it is exactly what your kid needs to grow into a loving person.
Be a Good Person
Contrary to the popular belief, our children don’t do what we ‘say’ but rather what we ‘do.’ If you’re a good person who has the qualities of kindness and empathy and you demonstrate that in your day to day life, your kid will pick that up and learn to do the same from you- won’t even have to push him to do it.
Get a Pet
True – adopting a pet does mean having a new responsibility, and it can be a big deal for most parents, but this move can prove to be a win-win for you in many ways. Having a pet has been found to help make younger kids become more responsible in life, so that’s one benefit right there. Plus, bringing another tiny family member in your home can help your kid learn important lessons in kindness and caring for other living beings.
Choose the Right Words
No one likes to listen to someone who goes on and on, ranting and complaining, so make sure you aren’t that parent. Instead, be stingy with your words when it comes to helping your kid understand why he shouldn’t be a mean person and try to be more kind and respectful. For example, saying ‘You’re better than that” can work better than an hour-long lecture about why he shouldn’t be impolite.