How Children Show Kindness at a Young Age

At Primrose®, we nurture traits like kindness, generosity and compassion. We know developing character matters to parents.  

While it may seem like children are too young to grasp these big concepts, research shows that the foundation for the skills that help us become good people is built in the first years of life. As early as 6 months old, babies begin to show signs of empathy. 

Early child development experts say social-emotional skills and good character can and should be nurtured from birth. Our Balanced Learning® approach supports this journey by infusing character development lessons throughout the day.

Kindness

We teach our young toddlers that it’s kind to greet their friends and say hello to people because it’s a simple way to show others that they care about them. Students in our preschool classrooms create cards for their teachers to make them feel special, because they’re learning that kind words feel good.

Fostering that notion at an early age — and letting kids feel the power of kindness — can help make the simple exchange a lifelong habit. To encourage this trait, check out our “compliment coupons.”

Generosity

Children understand what it means to be generous. Their enthusiasm for helping others shines through during our annual giving events, like the Caring and Giving Food Drive. At the drive, students raise money for canned goods, budget, plan and shop for healthy items, and learn firsthand how they can make a difference in their communities. 

Compassion

Ever see a toddler try to comfort a child who is upset, sharing their own special blankets and toys? By the time children reach preschool, they’ve started to understand the feelings and interests of others and how to cheer each other up. 

Though we teach and model to children what it means to have good character, truthfully they reflect back to us one of the most important and inspiring lessons of all: No matter our appearances, backgrounds, disabilities or any other differences we may have, everyone can learn and show kindness, generosity and compassion.

Start encouraging your preschooler to practice kindness regularly at home and help him grow into a generous and compassionate adult. 

Looking to learn more about character development? Check out other helpful tips and resources from Primrose.

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