Kindness & Respect
Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious meals and family gatherings; it’s a time to embrace the values of kindness and respect. For children, understanding these values can make this holiday even more meaningful. When we learn how to appreciate others by showing kindness and respect, it not only makes the world a better place, but also strengthens the bonds between friends and loved ones. Let’s explore three ways kindness and respect connect to the essence of Thanksgiving!
At the heart of Thanksgiving lies gratitude. Teaching children to show kindness by expressing gratitude for what they have is a powerful lesson. Encourage them to reflect on the good things in their lives, from loving families to simple joys. As a fun activity, start a list with your family of all the things each member is thankful for, no matter how big or small. That way, you can not only get your gratitudes out there, but you can physically remind yourself of all the good things in your life each day! By fostering a grateful heart, they learn to appreciate and respect the gifts life offers, fostering positivity and empathy.
Kindness during Thanksgiving goes beyond being thankful—it’s about sharing that gratitude. Kids, this is what it means to “give back” to others. Engage in acts of kindness for others, such as volunteering at shelters or donating to food drives. Giving back is what continues the cycle of kindness and respect for everyone! By giving back to the community, children learn the importance of empathy and respect for those in need, nurturing a sense of unity and compassion.
Diversity & Inclusion
Thanksgiving is a time for gathering diverse perspectives around one table. Teach children to respect differences and appreciate the beauty of diversity. Encourage discussions on traditions and cultures, promoting understanding and tolerance. This goes a long way, as respecting all cultures is a big step towards fostering an accepting and inclusive community. And, the younger kids learn this lesson, the better! By embracing inclusivity, children learn the value of respect for others’ beliefs and backgrounds.
In Our Classes…
At MPAMA, kindness and respect are character traits that we hold on high pedestals. All different disciplines throughout the world of Martial Arts all teach respect as a core value. Whether it’s respect for others, respect for yourself, or respect for your environments, all are crucial for true martial artists. That is why we take the chance whenever we get it to preach about spreading compassion and empathy for our younger generations. We believe that our students have the power to make the world a better place through these core values, and we instill and reinforce them through our drills and curriculum in classes. Students learn how to bow onto the floor and to others, treat themselves kindly and respectfully through self-discipline, and respect equipment shared spaces, which all stems from our amazing team of instructors who lead by example.
Children, as you celebrate Thanksgiving, remember that kindness and respect are the cornerstones of this holiday. Embracing gratitude, extending a helping hand, and celebrating diversity are ways to express these values. By practicing kindness and respect, not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day, you’re spreading warmth and harmony throughout the world. Let this season be a reminder that small acts of kindness and respect can ripple into something profound. Embrace these values, and watch as your world becomes brighter, richer, and filled with the joy of giving and receiving with an open heart!