Ways I Can Be Kind – Written by a 10-Year Old Boy

While shuffling through my son’s take-home folder from school today, I saw a piece of notebook paper, which was nothing unusual. When I saw what was written on it, I stopped.  I pulled it out and looked at it; really looked at it, not just the obligatory glance.  Then I read it all the way through to the end.  I sought him out and knocked on his door and asked if I could have it, and then asked his permission to share it with you all, which he granted.  The paper was entitled: Ways I Can Be Kind. 

How much better would the world be if we all made such a list? In a world where we hear so many horror stories of bullying, it is good to know that this is being taught in his public school.  I have corrected only the spelling and grammatical errors. Here is his list.

Ways I Can Be Kind

  1. Carry people’s homework.
  2. Help as many people as you can.
  3. Say kind things; not like “shut-up”
  4. If someone is hungry, at least give them something to eat.
  5. Don’t get up in people’s faces.
  6. Hang out with them.
  7. Respect people.
  8. Stand up for them.
  9. Give them something helpful
  10. Include others
  11. Treat others how you want to be treated
  12. Don’t put hands on another
  13. Don’t brag
  14. Imier (Admire) something you might not of
  15. It doesn’t matter what people look like
  16. Don’t call people names
  17. If you have a choice between smart and kind, choose kind
  18. Be helpful
  19. Play with everyone
  20. Be responsible
  21. Tell some good things
  22. Be nice to everyone

I have no idea what “Imier” is, but I found the list quite insightful, given his age.  I hope that he always keeps his heart of gold.

* “Imier” in #14 was a misspelling of “Admire”

Edited January 18, 2018, for better readability and search engine optimization.

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