Rosary Park Catholic School Branxton is a caring, faith community aspiring to live, love, learn and serve in the Light of Christ.
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At Rosary Park Primary School, Branxton we invite children, parents and staff into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is through our teaching of Religion, our engagement with the Sacraments and our witnessing of the Gospel story that our children will come to know Jesus within an authentic Catholic community. We invite parents, as the first educators of your children in faith, to be a critical part of this journey.
“Can you believe what she’s wearing?” “Don’t you think he’s fat?” “Why would anyone want to be friends with her?” “He’s ugly.” Comments like these -- or worse -- are not uncommon among children, or even with adults.
We now live in an age where photos and posts online can garner nearly instant and anonymous comments from total strangers and acquaintances alike. These reactions can be rude or vicious. It is more important than ever that parents teach children to be nice to others. Why Do We Need More Kindness? Today, judging others seems to be an activity practiced by too many people. It’s all too easy to post comments about other people, whether they’re celebrities or ordinary, everyday citizens. Unkindness isn't new; we've been doing it since ancient times. But today the ease, speed, and anonymity with which people can pass judgments on others are unprecedented.
Kids who are at the forefront of tech and social networking are learning from what they see around them. Children also tend not to be able to see the big picture. Because young children usually focus on the now and don’t think too far ahead, they may not realize the full effects of what behaviours like meanness, exclusion, or bullying can have on other kids. To nurture kindness in kids, try incorporating some of these practices into your daily routines:
1. Do Unto Others - Young children need reminders about trying to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Ask your child to try to remember to think before saying something about someone and to take the time to consider how she might feel if someone said it to her.
2. If You Cannot Say Something Nice……. The adage about saying nothing at all if you don’t have something nice to say about someone is a good one to teach kids
3. Kind Words and Smiles - It’s also a good idea to get kids into the habit of being friendly and saying something nice to someone. Be a good role model and try to be nice to people you interact with throughout the day.
4. Thank You, Please, and More - Teaching good manners, such as being respectful to others, greeting people properly, and speaking to people in a nice way, is also an important part of raising a kind child.
5. Guarding Against Spoiling - Kind children are also children who are charitable, who know that mum and dad cannot buy everything they want for them (and understand why they should not get everything they want), and are patient, thankful, and have self-control. If you want to teach kids kindness, make sure you don't spoil your kids.
6. Bullying and Cyberbullying - Be very aware of the dangers of cyberbullying, both by being vigilant about what your child sees and reads online as well as by keeping close tabs on what he is writing and sharing.
7. Be Nice to Your Child - Even when you’re tired and frustrated -- especially when you’re tired and frustrated -- try to speak in a kind way to your child.
8. Kindness Is Contagious - Similarly, kids who may not naturally be inclined to bullying others or being mean may join in when others are doing it. If your child can set an example of kindness, it too may spread to her social group.
9. Being Kind Makes Kids Feel Good - When you encourage kindness in your child, he will feel better not only about the world he lives in but about himself.
Sallyanne Stanbridge, Principal